Caleb Swanigan Impresses at Purdue Fan Day

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Seniors Rapheal Davis and A.J. Hammons posted 3-0 scrimmage records and Vince Edwards and Caleb Swanigan combined for 47 points, 23 rebounds and nine assists as the Gold squad edged the Black team, 81-80, on Purdue’s annual Fan Day.

Building off last weekend, the Boilermakers continued to shoot the ball well, combining to go 57-of-116 (.491) from the field, 20-of-45 (.444) from three-point range and 27-of-33 (.818) from the free throw line.

Combined with last weekend’s scrimmage, the Boilermakers shot 38-of-89 (.427) from long distance and 63-of-77 (.818) from the free throw line in its two intrasquad scrimmages. A year ago, Purdue shot 32.7 percent from three-point range and just 68.3 percent from the free throw line for the season.

The Boilermakers also committed just 22 turnovers, one week after having 37 between the two squads. Purdue also was whistled for just 42 fouls after having 58 combined fouls last weekend.

Edwards, a 6-8 sophomore forward from Middletown, Ohio, was his usual statsheet-stuffing self with 25 points, 10 rebounds and six assists while going 11-of-16 from the field and 3-of-5 from three-point range. Seven of his 10 rebounds came on the offensive glass.

Swanigan, a 6-9 freshman forward, tallied 22 points on 8-of-16 shooting and added 13 rebounds, three assists and a block. During the two scrimmages combined, Swanigan averaged 22.5 points, 12.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game.

Kendall Stephens added 21 points, making 7-of-13 three-point attempts.

Freshman Ryan Cline made five consecutive three-pointers in the second scrimmage session for a total of 17 points and two assists.

Dakota Mathias was forced to run the point for most of the day, and he responded with 16 points (11-of-13 free throws), seven assists and two steals against no turnovers. Mathias played the point as Johnny Hill missed today due to a graduate school class.

Rapheal Davis added 16 points, seven rebounds and seven assists. Hammons recorded a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds and Isaac Haas had 11 points and four rebounds. Basil Smotherman also had a strong game with 13 points, four rebounds and three assists.

The scrimmage was the final tune-up of the 2015-16 preseason, as the Boilermakers’ next public action will be Nov. 8, when it hosts Northwestern Ohio in its only exhibition game in Mackey Arena, beginning at 5 p.m. Purdue will open the regular season five days later when it hosts North Carolina A&T on Nov. 13, at 7 p.m., in Mackey Arena.

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