Purdue wins at Mackey Arena 80-68 over Indiana State. Trevion Williams was the story of the night scoring 30 points with 11 rebounds. Williams shot 72.2%, going 13 for 18, scoring 18 of his points in the first half. Williams in the post game interview said, “I’m trying to work on being simple, simple is best for me and its easy for me to get to my moneymaker which is my jump hook.” Williams also said about playing off the bench, “switching jerseys was an eye opener, I have to play harder, it makes me play better and it worked today. We have to build from this win.” His work definitely showed tonight. Eric Hunter scored 13 points along with 5 assist and Aaron Wheeler had 10 points 13 rebounds and 4 blocks.
The Sycamores started hot. Tyreke Key, who finished with 18 points hit a early jumper that gave ISU a 10-1 lead. After a few time outs by Purdue, the Boilermakers went on a 13-5 run to take the lead 18-17 and never looked back. Cooper Neese had a nice game for Indiana State scoring 22 points, shooting 4-8 from behind the arc.
Coach Matt Painter said after the game, “Williams played to his strengths, if he plays hard and play to his strengths, he’ll have good nights.” Concerning wanting to return to a more simple game coach said, “Simple is the best way, simple always wins the race, when you are simple good things will happen.”
Next up for Purdue is their first Big Ten match up against Ohio State. The game is Wednesday night at 7pm at Mackey Arena.