7:00 PM ET, February 17, 2009
Mackey Arena, West Lafayette, Indiana
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Purdue finally broke through against an elite opponent, beating Michigan State (No. 5 ESPN/USA Today, No. 6 AP) 72-54 on Tuesday night.The Boilermakers (No. 21 ESPN/USA Today, No. 19 AP) lost to Duke and Oklahoma early in the season, and entered this game without a win over any member of the current Top 25."Tonight, we showed we can play with the best in the country," Purdue guard Chris Kramer said. "It came down to us being tough, being physical on the defensive end and getting good shots."
Rittenberg: Down And Dirty
Purdue's brilliant defense made easy work of a spooked Spartans team, writes Adam Rittenberg.
• The Boilermakers held the Spartans to a season-low 32.7-percent shooting and a season-high 22 turnovers, 13 in the second half.
• It was Purdue's third straight win over MSU at home. In those three wins, they have held the Spartans to 38, 54 and 54 points respectively.
• Purdue is now 20-0 this season when holding their opponents to fewer than 64 points, and 0-6 when allowing 64 or more.
-- ESPN research
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||18-55 (.327)||26-54 (.481)|
|3P Made-Attempted||2-8 (.250)||6-22 (.273)|
|FT Made-Attempted||16-20 (.800)||14-18 (.778)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||20 (0/0)||18 (0/0)|