WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) – Isaac Haas led a balanced Purdue attack with 17 points to help the Boilermakers beat Grambling State 82-30 on Thursday night.
Rapheal Davis made a 3-pointer on the game’s opening possession, and the Purdue lead expanded to 12-0 before the Tigers scored for the first time after 4:10 of action.
Grambling State (1-2) turned the ball over 15 times during the opening 20 minutes. The Boilermakers converted those 15 turnovers into 21 points.
Purdue also outscored the Tigers 20-4 in points in the paint before halftime, building a 37-15 advantage.
At one point in the first half, Grambling State had five points and 10 turnovers. Nine Boilermakers scored during the opening 20 minutes.
Kendall Stephens’ 3-pointer extended the Purdue lead to 44-17 with 16:31 remaining in the game. Dakota Mathias’ 3-pointer with 9:33 to play pushed the Boilermaker advantage to 35 – 58-23. Haas followed with a three-point play with 7:48 to go, and Purdue led 61-23.
The difference stretched to 40 – 63-23 – on two Bryson Scott free throws at the 7:16 mark.
A.J. Hammons had seven rebounds and two blocked shots in the win.
Purdue: The Boilermakers improved to 33-1 in November home games during coach Matt Painter’s 10 seasons at his alma mater … Starting forward Vince Edwards is the Big Ten Conference freshman of the week after averaging 19.5 points in the season’s first two games … Purdue’s 97 combined points allowed in the first two games are the program’s second fewest allowed since the 1951-52 season… Purdue now is 13-1 all-time against schools based in Louisiana.
Grambling State: This was the Tigers’ first of three consecutive games in Indiana. Grambling State will play Monday at Ball State and then Wednesday at Notre Dame … Starting forwards Richard Freeman and Lonnie McElwain are native Hoosiers, each growing up in Indianapolis, 65 miles south of the Purdue campus … Freeman and Purdue’s Davis were AAU teammates as high school freshmen.
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