Caleb Swanigan led the Boilers to an easy win against Penn State Saturday with his 16th double-double of the year. He posted an impressive 19 points and 12 rebounds. In all, four Boilermakers posted double figures as Penn State had no response to the red-hot Purdue offense. The Boilermakers had a 15-0 run and a 13-0 run in the first half alone.
Purdue did a great job of spreading the ball around the court which will prove valuable in future matchups against tougher opponents.
Purdue’s defense was strong and only allowed 23 points in the first half and 29 in the second. Impressively, they limited Penn State’ shooting to 31.3% from the floor. Penn State’s leading scorer, Shep Garner, was held to 3-9 from the floor and 0-5 on three-point attempts.
The determination and domination showed by Purdue in Saturday’s game showed their desire to pursue the Big 10 title till the end.
Wisconsin and Minnesota faced off Saturday as well, and Minnesota managed to force overtime, but, unfortunately, could not finish off the Badgers. This year’s race for the Big 10 title could become a classic, as Purdue and Wisconsin race toward the end of the season.
The current Big 10 standings show Purdue in second place tied with Northwestern. Fortunately Purdue controls much of their destiny, the Boilermakers will take on Northwestern at home February 1st and travel to Maryland on February 4th. As long as the Boilers keep winning, they will only need some outside help with a defeat of Wisconsin.
The next game for Purdue is Tuesday as they travel to East Lansing to take on Michigan State at 7:00pm. The game will be broadcasted on ESPN2.