Purdue may have lost three of its last five games heading into Sunday’s matchup with No. 8 Michigan State, but the Boilermakers put together one of their best first halves of the season.
Matt Painter and company entered Sunday’s game on a two-game losing streaking, dropping back-to-back road contests to Illinois and Michigan. The Boilermakers fell to 2-3 in B1G play and 9-7 on the year. But all things were clicking on both sides of the floor.
Purdue held Michigan State to just 9-of-26 shooting and 0-of-9 from 3-point range to take a 37-20 lead into halftime. It was the largest first half deficit of the season for the Spartans.
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The Boilers also forced eight MSU turnovers and outrebounded the Spartans 20-17.
Purdue was led in scoring by Trevion Williams, Evan Boudreaux and Sasha Stefanovic, who all had eight points through the first 20 minutes. Matt Haarms also had four points off the bench.
Williams is halfway to a double-double, also grabbing five rebounds in the first half. Against Michigan, Williams ended the game with 36 points and 20 boards in the double-overtime loss.
Michigan State has lost its last three trips to Mackey Arena.