Purdue and Rutgers played another close Big Ten game on Friday night, with the Boilermakers pulling out the 82-75 win after some competitive play from the Scarlet Knights.
Here are three takeaways from the game.
Geo Baker and Corey Sanders were on fire
Corey Sanders isn’t exactly a secret in the Big Ten. Like Penn State’s Tony Carr, he’s a ball-dominant guard who usually decides the success of his team with his play. Sanders was his usual self on Friday, but he got a huge lift from teammate Geo Baker. Baker had 25 points on 20 shots while Sanders had 23 points on 20 shots. Many of those came on contested long 2-pointers, though, and they couldn’t get them to fall late as Purdue pulled away.
Rutgers outrebounded Rutgers — especially on offense
Offensive rebounds can go a long way toward affecting the outcome of a game, and this apparent on Friday. When the game was tied with seven minutes left, Purdue led in almost every conceivable category. The Boilermakers were shooting 57 percent to Rutgers’ 47 percent, had more free throw makes and weren’t turning the ball over or fouling at alarming rates. Rutgers held a 16-3 advantage in offensive rebounds thanks to a committed effort by every big man against a Purdue team that doesn’t have a ton of height away from the center position.
Rutgers finished with a 36-28 advantage on the boards, including 16 to 7 on offensive rebounds.
Vince and Carsen Edward still filled it up for Purdue, and that secured the win
Purdue’s best scorers all season (who aren’t related) kept the Boilermakers afloat. Each shot at least 40 percent on threes, and was a menace for Rutgers to guard all night.
The @BoilerBall's Attorneys at Ball just gave the team some separation.
— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) March 3, 2018
They combined for 54 points evenly. Each had 26 points, and made for a lot of trouble on Rutgers’ end.
Purdue will play Penn State tomorrow at 4:30 p.m. ET.