LIVE BLOG: Follow Purdue Basketball Game 5 vs. Rutgers in real time
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. –Purdue basketball returns to Mackey Arena for a rematch against Rutgers, who handed the team its first loss of the season Dec. 9 at Jersey Mike’s Arena in Piscataway, New Jersey.
The Scarlet Knights are riding a four-game winning streak against ranked opponents, which has never been done by an unranked side, and have beaten the Boilermakers in four straight games.
With four games left in the regular season, Purdue will face three teams that have already had victories against it, starting Sunday afternoon with Rutgers. Tipoff is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. ET.
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7:42 p.m. ET, FINAL — Purdue takes a massive 84-72 win over Rutgers. Jaden Ivey led the team with 25 points and 15-18 from the free throw line.
7:41 p.m. ET — Rutgers has 24 fouls for the game and Sasha Stefanovic nails both of her free throw attempts. Purdue leads 82-70 with just over a minute to play.
7:39 p.m. ET — Rutgers guard Paul Mulcahy called for his fifth foul, sending Eric Hunter Jr. to the free throw line. Purdue is now 22-27 from the line after Hunter did both.
7:37 p.m. ET — Mason Gillis called for a foul while battling for a rebound. Cliff Omoruyi misses both free throw attempts, but the lead is 12 for Purdue with 2:31 left in the game.
7:31 p.m. ET — Jaden Ivey splits another pair of free throws. He’s 13-16 from the line so far tonight.
7:27 p.m. ET, UNDER 4— Rutgers guard Caleb McConnell is charged with his fifth foul of the game and Jaden Ivey will head for the line again after the latest media timeout. Purdue leads 75-60 with 3:58 left in the game.
7:25 p.m. ET — Zach Edey is 3-3 from the field in the second half and now has 15 points. The 7-foot-4 tall man is yet to return the ball.
7:22 p.m. ET — Jaden Ivey catches an elbow from Ron Harper Jr. as he goes up for a layup, and Ivey is called for his third foul of the game. Harper makes both free throws for Rutgers.
7:79 p.m. ET — Jaden Ivey shares a pair of free throws, but Zach Edey grabs an offensive rebound. A few assists later, Eric Hunter Jr. sinks a 3-pointer, the team’s second in the half.
7:17 p.m. ET — Jaden Ivey was forced to call a timeout while trapped in his own corner. Purdue maintains a double-digit lead with 7:28 to go.
7:12 p.m. ET, UNDER 8 — Zach Edey reaches the foul line on consecutive possessions for Purdue. The team has a 64-52 lead over Rutgers with 7:46 left in the second half. The Boilermakers are 13-15 from the free throw line tonight, with two more to come.
7:07 p.m. ET — Ron Harper Jr. makes his first basket of the second half for Rutgers, but Caleb Furst scores on the other side a pass from Trevion Williams. It was Furst’s first field goal of the game and Williams’ third assist.
7:05 p.m. ET — Purdue up 14 points despite just one 3-point shot in their last 11 attempts.
7:02 p.m. ET, UNDER 12 — Trevion Williams grabs a rebound and sends a pass down the field to Jaden Ivey, who throws an easy dunk down the other end of the field. Purdue leads Rutgers 60-46 with 11:10 to play. Ivey up 17 points on just 4-10 shots.
7:01 p.m. ET — Purdue in the bonus with 12:01 left in the game. Trevion Williams gets a unique chance after being fouled.
6:59 p.m. ET — The Boilermakers come out of a minor scoring crisis as Trevion Williams finds Mason Gillis hitting the rim. His basket is good, stopping a Scarlet Knights run.
6:57 p.m. ET — Rutgers press all over the field forcing Purdue a few shots behind in the shot clock. The hard knocks haven’t fallen and the Scarlet Knights are on a 6-0 run. Jaden Ivey is 0-5 from the 3-point line so far tonight.
6:51 p.m. ET, UNDER 16 — Purdue forces a shot clock violation and returns the ball to Zach Edey for his fourth field goal of the game. The big man has 10 points, and it’s all Boilermakers in the second half as they lead 54-36 with 15:47 left in the game.
6:44 p.m. ET — Sasha Stefanovic fails to find the mark on a wide open 3, but Zach Edey leaves with an offensive rebound and is fouled. The incoming play turns into another deep shot from Stefanovic, but this time it’s good.
Purdue takes a 52-36 lead on a 7-0 run to start the half with 17:48 remaining, forcing a timeout from Rutgers.
6:40 p.m. ET — The second half is underway here at Mackey Arena, and Zach Edey dives to the floor for a loose ball. Possession remains with Purdue and Jaden Ivey gets two more shots from the foul line after making contact.
Nothing new, but it does both. Ivey is 9-10 from the line.
6:24 p.m. ET, HALF-TIME — Purdue enters halftime with a 45-36 lead over Rutgers after Zach Edey kicks a dunk on an inbound pass. The Boilermakers led by Jaden Ivey and Trevion Williams, who each have 11 points.
Ron Harper Jr. has eight for the Scarlet Knights on a 3-6 shot.
6:79 p.m. ET — Trevion Williams fouls Cliff Omoruyi, but Omoruyi responds by putting two fingers to Williams’ face. Rutgers’ center is charged with a technical foul and Jaden Ivey nails both free throws. Ivey is 7-8 from the line.
6:17 p.m. ET — Jaden Ivey passes Ron Harper Jr. and hovers over two Rutgers defenders to launch a massive dunk, igniting the Mackey Arena crowd. He was also fouled on the play and attempted the free throw attempt.
After a slow start, he now has nine points for the Boilermakers.
6:13 p.m. ET — Two more free throws for Jaden Ivey. He made it four in a row from the foul line after opening the game with a miss and one.
6:11 p.m. ET — Ivey fouled on the previous play, and he sinks both free throws to give Purdue a three-point lead.
6:07 p.m. ET, UNDER 4 — Rutgers on a 7-0 run, slowing Purdue’s lead. It’s now 32-31 with 3:52 left in the first half, and the Boilermakers haven’t scored in almost four minutes.
Jaden Ivey broke through the Scarlet Knights zone defense and had the chance to score a huge field goal, but couldn’t find the back of the net.
6:03 p.m. ET — Rutgers sit in a 2-3 zone on the defensive end of the floor, giving Purdue some trouble. Some good looks from 3-point range didn’t drop after a hot start to the game.
6:02 p.m. ET — Omoruyi misses the free throw and Eric Hunter Jr. makes a nice move for an easy lay-up at the other end of the field.
5:58 p.m. ET, UNDER 8 — It’s not something you say very often, if ever, but Cliff Omoruyi throws a dunk at Zach Edey. Purdue still leads 30-24 with 7:54 left in the first half. Both teams have taken four of their last five shots from the floor, but the Boilermakers find themselves in the middle of a 2:34 shooting drought.
5:57 p.m. ET — The high arc free throw finds the back of the net for Zach Edey after a foul. He also makes his second from the line and is now four points.
5:55 p.m. ET — After review by the referee, Paul Mulcahy called a common foul, but Caleb Furst was hit with a dead-ball technical foul for an accidental elbow to Mulcahy’s face.
5:51 p.m. ET — Zach Edey replaces Trevion Williams, who heads to the bench with nine points on 4-4 shooting from the field. Sasha Stefanovic also takes the court.
5:44 PM ET, UNDER 12— Trevion Williams enters the deep shot and sinks a 3-pointer to give Purdue a 24-15 lead with 11:38 left in the first half. The Boilermakers have hit five of their last six shots.
5:42 p.m. ET — Rutgers continually gives up 3 points to Purdue when Jaden Ivey enters the lane. This time, Ivey finds Isaiah Thompson to help on a shot from beyond the arc.
Boilers with five 3-pointers while the Scarlet Knights are just 6-15 from the floor.
5:38 p.m. ET, UNDER 16 — Purdue with a 16-10 lead over Rutgers with 14:31 left in the first half. The Boilermakers are 4-6 from the 3-point line, including two from Sasha Stefanovic.
Jaden Ivey finds Mason Gillis on the perimeter for the team’s fourth hat-trick of the afternoon before the media timeout. Ivey has two points and a pair of assists so far.
5:36 p.m. ET — Jaden Ivey wins early in the game attacking the paint. He gets a lot of attention and finds a cutting Zach Edey for an easy dunk.
5:33 p.m. ET — Ron Harper Jr. doesn’t seem bothered by his hand injury as he scores a 3-pointer for the Scarlet Knights. But at the other end of the floor, Sasha Stefanovic performs her second hat-trick of the afternoon.
5:31 p.m. ET — Rutgers wins the tip and Cliff Omoruyi can’t find the back of the net. Jaden Ivey opens the scoring by hitting into the lane and sending his shot to the glass via contact.
PRE-MATCH — No change in Purdue’s starting roster against Rutgers.
- Second-year forward Mason Gillis
- Zach Edey sophomore center
- Second-year guard Jaden Ivey
- Lead goaltender Eric Hunter Jr.
- Senior guard Sasha Stefanovic
PRE-MATCH — Ron Harper Jr. was seen warming up for Rutgers with black duct tape around two of his left fingers. He looks set to play number 5 Purdue on Sunday.
Purdue Basketball Stories
- RON HARPER JR. LOOKS READY TO PLAY: Rutgers main hitter Ron Harper Jr. was seen wearing black tape around two of his left fingers during warm-ups ahead of a game against No. 5 Purdue on Sunday. Despite the injury to his non-firing hand, Harper looks ready to play. CLICK HERE
- TOM BREW COLUMN: Purdue has a lot of goals this season, but the one that’s still near the top is to win a Big Ten regular-season title. For senior fullback Sasha Stefanovic to finish strong in this latest four game streak is huge, especially now that they have regained the top of the Big Ten table. CLICK HERE
- DOUBLE-DIGIT FAVORITE BOILERS: Rutgers were the first team to beat Purdue this season, in December when the Boilermakers had just moved up to No. 1 in the nation, and now Purdue has a chance for revenge on Sunday. They opened as a huge double-digit favorite, which is a surprise. CLICK HERE
- BOILERS HELPED PER DAY OFF: Purdue basketball earned a much-needed day off Thursday before a clash with Rutgers on Sunday at Mackey Arena. It was the first break for the players after a 23-day streak that included eight games. CLICK HERE
- PURDUE SET FOR CRITICAL MATCH WITH RUTGERS: The No. 5-ranked Purdue basketball team is set for its second game of the season with Rutgers. After the Scarlet Knights got the better of the Boilermakers earlier in the season, the two teams will face off at Mackey Arena in a game with huge implications for the Big Ten. CLICK HERE