No. 4 Purdue bounces back from recent loss with 20-point win over Northwestern
It was no Ivey, no problem for Purdue on Sunday. The No. 4 Boilermakers bounced back from their recent rivalry loss to Indiana with an 80-60 home win over Northwestern on Sunday.
With guard Jaden Ivey sidelined with a hip flexor, Sasha Stefanovic led the scoring effort with 22 points. Stefanovic did not have a 2-point bucket, going 6-of-10 from 3-point territory (including 4 in the first half) and 4-of-4 at the free-throw line. Zach Edey and Trevion Williams each posted double-doubles of 12 points and 10 rebounds.
For Northwester, it was the Boo Bouie show. Bouie led the team in all 3 major categories with 17 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists.
Purdue led for 36:39 of the game, controlling most of both halves. The Boilermakers made it a 40-25 game, their largest lead of the first half, with 39 seconds left in the first period. Northwestern’s Buie answered with a 3-pointer of his own, cutting it to 40-28 with 11 seconds left in the half, which remained the score at the break.
Northwestern opened the second half on a 12-5 run (15-5 going back to the first half). The Wildcats, however, failed to cut it any closer. Buie kept Northwestern alive, making a string of 3-straight 3-pointers to get it to 64-56 at the 6:34 mark. From there, though, the Boilermakers controlled the game until the final buzzer. The Wildcats made just 1 of their last 7 field goal attempts.
Purdue shot 52 percent from the field, besting Northwestern’s 44 percent. The Boilermakers won the battle of the boards, 33-21 rebounds. Purdue recorded 19 assists on its 29 field goals made.
Purdue improves to 16-3 overall and 5-3 in B1G play. The Boilermakers are now 15-0 on the season when scoring at least 70 points.