Rapid Reaction: Iowa takes down Purdue for first B1G Tournament title since 2006
In what has been a dramatic and incredible weekend of basketball, the B1G Tournament provided a fantastic conclusion on Sunday. At the final buzzer, Iowa outlasted Purdue for the 75-66 win.
The tournament title is the first for the Hawkeyes since 2006 and their 3rd all-time. This time around, Iowa used a record-setting performance throughout the weekend.
In their opening win of the tournament, the Hawkeyes broke a number of team records with a win over Northwestern. Keegan Murray also shattered the B1G Tournament record for points in a weekend. With 19 points in the title game, Murray finished the week with 103 points, becoming the first player with 100+ in the tournament.
Offensively, it was Murray’s push that led the way for the Hawkeyes. He rounded out his double-double performance against the Boilermakers with 11 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals and a block while making a trip of 3-point field goals.
Coming off the bench, Payton Sandfort provided a big-time spark for Iowa. He finished a perfect 4-for-4 from the field and hit a pair of 3-pointers to finish with 10 points and a steal. Tony Perkins also chipped in 11 points in the title game.
For Purdue, it was Jaden Ivey who led the way with a game-high 20 points. Zach Edey and Trevion Williams chipped in double-doubles, but that is where the positive marks ended for the Boilermakers.
As a team, Purdue was held to a 5-for-20 shooting effort from 3-point range. In particular, Sasha Stefanovic and Ivey combined to shoot 2-for-14 from deep in the loss. Those two shot 39.7% and 36.8%, respectively, during the regular season.
Now, the two teams will wait to see where they are seeded for the NCAA Tournament, but it is the Hawkeyes who will leave Indy with a new banner for the program.