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Penn State Basketball: Boilermakers Dominate 77-52

by on January 21, 2017 1:55 PM

One of the nation's best showed why it's one of the teams to beat in the Big Ten this year as Purdue dominated Penn State to the tune of 77-52 on Saturday afternoon  in West Lafayette.

How It Happened:

Purdue got out ahead early as the Boilermakers went up 18-5 out of the gate. Penn State's quick run to answer made it a four point game but it was only a matter of time. Deep threes and a strong inside performance by Purdue balanced an offensive attack that Penn State didn't have much answer for. By the half it was Purdue ahead by 18 and that was all she wrote. The second half was more of the same as Penn State played better but never made a second half run to seriously threaten the home team. The Nittany Lions made it a 20-point game with 9:20 to go but never got any closer.

It Was Over When:

Down 18-5 Penn State went on a 12-4 run to close within five points midway through the opening half. After that it was Purdue all over the place, pushing out ahead to an eventual 18-point halftime lead. The Nittany Lions' spurt to close the early gap was enough to make things interesting, but Penn State didn't have the firepower to hang with the nation's No. 21 ranked team and a Big Ten favorite. 

Player Of The Game:

Penn State didn't get much good out of anyone on Saturday, but Josh Reaves managed to go 4-of-6 from beyond the arc and finished with 12 points. Mike Watkins added three blocks to his growing season total. It was Caleb Swanigan's double-double that stole the show though for the Boilermakers during a very complete performance by Purdue's big man. Tony Carr was 2-of-11 from the field for Penn State as no Nittany Lion made more than four shots all game.

Stats Of The Game:

Reaves was the only player for Penn State to finish in double figures with 12 points as the Nittany Lions shot 31 percent from the field. On the flip side Purdue had four players above the 10-point mark and a team shooting average of 57 percent. Purdue got 34 points in the paint and 23 assists on 30 made baskets. The Nittany Lions actually won the battle on the offensive glass with 13 offensive rebounds to Purdue's seven but scored just two points on the fast break all game with limited opportunities to run in transition.

Up Next:

Penn State travels to face Wisconsin in Madison at 9 p.m. Tuesday. The game will air on BTN.

Ben Jones covers Penn State football and basketball for He's on Twitter as @Ben_Jones88.
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