UNCASVILLE, Connecticut (AP) – Purdue’s biggest men came out on top in a massive early-season game.
Zach Edey scored 21 points and No.6 Purdue overcame an 11-point second-half deficit to beat No.5 Villanova 80-74 on Sunday to win the Hall of Fame Tip-Off tournament.
The 7-foot-4 center hit nine of his 12 shots on the ground and grabbed six rebounds. The team’s other post, 6-10 Trevion Williams, added nine points and four boards for the Boilermakers (5-0), who dominated below, edging the Wildcats 38-18 in paint and passing them 38 -26.
“Trevion and Zach are a really good 1-2 punch and I thought they had an above average game offensively,” said coach Matt Painter. down in one position and was the difference. It doesn’t show up in this box score, but it shows up with our staff.
Caleb Furst and Isaiah Thompson each had 12 points for Purdue.
Justin Moore had 19 points, Caleb Daniels added 17 and Collin Gillespie had 14 for Villanova (3-2), who threw 34 attempts from behind the arc, making 13 of them.
The Wildcats were leading 33-31 at halftime, scoring the first five points in the second half and leading 57-46 after a 3-pointer from Daniels.
But Purdue outscored the Wildcats 34-17 in the final nine minutes.
“This season obviously we’ve never been down before, it was something different,” said Thompson. “I think we were resilient in the second half. I think we got off to a good start and just kept our focus. Just run, stay aggressive and keep fighting. I think we have it. ‘was late in the game and led to a victory.
An Edey dunk after a seemingly missed trip call from Sasha Stefanovic tied the score at 62, and a quick layup from Furst put the Boilermakers ahead at 64-62 with four minutes left, their first lead in second. half time.
A slam and free throw from Edey with just under a minute to go extended the lead to 75-65, and the Boilermakers held on.
At one point, the Boilermakers took 11 consecutive shots.
“They just played a really smart game for 40 minutes,” Villanova coach Jay Wright said. “They made fewer mistakes and performed what they do more consistently for 40 minutes. That’s why they’re a very good team.
Purdue: The Boilermakers shot 52.7% after setting a season-best 55.7% in the tournament’s first round against North Carolina. Purdue has shot at least 50% in every game this season. … It was the first time this season that Purdue failed to hit 90 points.
Villanova: It was the third time in five games that the Wildcats have faced a Top 25 team. “I hope that helps us in our league when we get there,” Wright said. Number one, our league is really good. Second, we often start playing in a conference and we don’t really know what we are yet. We have an idea, I think this year, to play these teams, these coaches. “
Purdue played 10 men, each of them getting at least eight minutes. Wright, who let six players play at least 20 minutes, admitted that fatigue on the home stretch could have been a factor in the loss.
The match marked the return of Purdue sophomore Mason Gillis, who was suspended for the first four games due to a drinking and driving arrest, for which he pleaded guilty and was sentenced to one year of probation. He didn’t score and took a rebound in 10 minutes.
Purdue: The Boilermakers are heading home to welcome Omaha on Friday.
Villanova: The Wildcats are out until Nov. 28 when they face local rival La Salle at the Palestra in Philadelphia.
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