Late game heroics from Purdue guard Sasha Stefanovic gave the Boilermakers their first road win of the B1G season.
Purdue trailed Northwestern 58-50 with less than three minutes to play at Welsh-Ryan Arena. With the Wildcats leading for a majority of the second half, it appeared that the Boilermakers would fall to 0-6 against conference opponents on the road.
But an 8-0 from Purdue got the game knotted at 58-58. After a Northwestern turnover, the Boilers had the ball with less than 30 seconds to play and a chance to win the game. A play executed to perfection resulted in a wide-open look for Stefanovic, who buried a deep three-pointer to give his team a 61-58 advantage with three seconds left.
Northwestern missed a desperation heave to tie the game.
Sasha Stefanovic was cold all night.
— Purdue On BTN (@PurdueOnBTN) February 2, 2020
Stefanovic finished the game with just six points, shooting 2-of-7 from the floor. But the final three proved to be the biggest bucket of the contest.
Purdue was led by Trevion Williams and Eric Hunter Jr., both scoring 13 points in the win. Isaiah Thompson was the only other player to hit double figures, scoring 11.
With the victory, Purdue improved to 12-10 on the season and 5-6 in B1G play. Northwestern is 6-15 with a 1-10 mark in conference games.