#24 Purdue rolls past West Virginia in Phil Knight Legacy

[24] Purdue 80, West Virginia 68 (postlude notes)

  • Purdue went 4-0 up with an 80-68 win over West Virginia in the Phil Knight Legacy Quarterfinals in Portland. Purdue is now 4-0 for the second straight season (started 8-0 last year) and has started 4-0 for the first time in consecutive years since the 2017-18 and 2018-19 seasons.
  • The Boilermakers have improved to 23-6 in multi-team events since the 2014 Maui Invitational. Purdue is looking for its second straight tournament title after winning last year’s Hall of Fame Tipoff Classic (victories over North Carolina and Villanova).
  • Purdue has won 11 straight games in November, dating back to an 81-70 loss on November 26, 2020 to Clemson in the Space Coast Challenge title game.
  • Purdue has won 17 straight nonconference regular season games dating back to a Dec. 8, 2020 setback against Miami (Fla.), 58-54.
  • The win put Purdue 8-1 all-time against West Virginia after winning three straight games for a total of 42 points.
  • Purdue shot a season-high 51.1 percent from the field and 47.1 percent from the 3-point range. Purdue was also 24-of-28 (.857) from the free throw line, overtaking the Mountaineers 35-31.
  • Purdue has won 51 straight games when he shot at least 50 percent from the field, 40 percent from 3-point range and 70 percent from the free throw line, dating back to an overtime loss on March 3, 2004 in Illinois.
  • Since the start of the 2016-17 season, Purdue is 95-54 (.638) against KenPom’s top 100 teams. The 95 wins are the fifth most in the country.
  • Purdue improved to 149-12 under Painter as he had at least 80 points, including 63-2 since the start of the 2017-18 season. Purdue has won 41 straight games while scoring at least 80 points.
  • Zach Edey recorded his third straight 20-10 game with 24 points and 12 rebounds. It was his fourth straight double-double to start the season, the third-longest streak in Purdue history and the longest in over 50 years (Terry Dischinger – 12 in 1959-60; Dave Schellhase – 10 in 1965-66).
  • In his last three games, Edey averaged 24.7 points and 12.0 rebounds per game in just 30.3 minutes per game.
  • Edey is averaging 29.7 points and 18.3 rebounds per 40 minutes this season.
  • Mason Gillisplays on his 22ndnd Birthday, tied a career-high 14 points while adding five rebounds and two steals.
  • Purdue’s freshman class had 21 points, eight rebounds and five assists.
  • Ethan Morton dished out a career-high nine assists against no turnovers.

PORTLAND, Ore. — Zach Edey had 24 points and 12 rebounds to lead No. 24 Purdue to an 80-68 win over West Virginia in Thursday night’s opening round of the Phil Knight Legacy tournament.

Mason Gillis added 14 points for the Boilermakers (4-0) and Brandon Newman came off the bench to score eight points.

Erik Stevenson scored 17 points as the Mountaineers lost (3-1) for the first time this season. Joe Toussaint added 16 points from the bench.

The Boilermakers went into halftime with a 43-32 lead. Edey led by 12 points in the first half.

“I thought he had an average game,” said Purdue head coach Matt Painter said by Edey. “He’s a really good player. One of the best players in the country. If you turn 24 and 12 and have an ‘average’ game, that’s pretty cool.”

The Mountaineers extended the Boilermakers’ lead with a 9-0 run late in the second half, finishing within four points before Braden Smith slammed down a 3-pointer with five minutes left to give Purdue a seven-point lead provide. That was the closest thing to West Virginia.

Stevenson scored six straight points to help West Virginia keep up early in the second half but left the game after 13 minutes with an apparent leg injury. He called back four minutes before the end.

“We were 4-0 up because we were better,” said West Virginia head coach Bob Huggins. “We still haven’t executed. We flipped the ball at a very alarming rate and refused to bounce it back.”

Purdue passed West Virginia 34-32, shooting 47.1% from 3-point range (8 for 17).

West Virginia played solid defense and forced 18 turnovers but couldn’t get his shots to fall and went 5 to 22 (22.7%) from beyond the arc.

BIG PICTURE

Purdue: The Boilermakers overcame an unranked West Virginia team to remain undefeated and advance to the PKL Semifinals.

West Virginia: The Mountaineers suffered their first loss of the season against a ranked opponent.

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