Zach Edey delivers latest monster game as No. 2 Purdue coasts over Indiana
Zach Edey had another huge game against Indiana, and this time, he left Bloomington with a win.
Purdue’s big man finished with 33 points and 14 rebounds on Tuesday night in Purdue’s 87-64 win over Indiana to get back in the winning column of a rivalry which Indiana had controlled of late. Edey punctuated the win when he dove for a loose ball late in the second half to ignite a fastbreak. A year after he had 33 points and 18 rebounds in a loss to IU, Edey was on the winning side this time. This time, he was also 11-for-12 from the foul line.
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Fletcher Loyer added 19 points for Purdue, and Lance Jones chipped in 17. Trey Galloway paced IU with 17 points.
The win helped Purdue coach Matt Painter tie Lou Henson for 5th place on the all-time wins list for Big Ten Conference games only. Painter now has 214 league victories.
Purdue snapped IU’s recent surge in the rivalry. When Mike Woodson arrived, he led the Hoosiers to 3 wins in 4 meetings against the Boilermakers, including last year’s sweep. Before that, Purdue won 12-of-13 meetings from February 2014 to March 2021. The Boilermakers came into Tuesday second in the Big Ten in scoring 85.0 points per game and shooting 49.4%. In Bloomington, they eclipsed both of those figures.
After a lackluster first half by the Hoosiers, they roared to start the second half, including runs of 8-0 and 17-7 to trim the deficit to 12. That spurt helped bring out a roar from the Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall crowd.
Purdue built a 51-29 lead at halftime on the strength of Edey and Lance Jones, who combined for 31 points in the first half. Edey also chipped in 11 rebounds and was 8-for-8 from the foul line. There was a smattering of boos at Assembly Hall as it was arguably IU’s worst half of the season.
Edey’s performance continued a recent hot streak for the Boilermaker, who scored 30 points in Purdue’s 95-78 victory against Penn State on Saturday.
Foul trouble was a problem for Indiana from the start, as the Hoosiers’ front line picked up multiple fouls early guarding Edey. Kel’el Ware and Mackenzie Mgbako each went to the bench early with 2 fouls, and overall, the Hoosiers at halftime had 5 players with 2 fouls each. At the 9:47 mark, IU had 7 fouls to Purdue’s one.
Ware’s absence caused IU to miss his effective size against Edey, who typically doesn’t face a defender who don’t give up any size.