The greatest rivalry in basketball continued Tuesday night in Bloomington as #15 Boilermakers visited the Indiana Hoosiers. Purdue survived a sloppy game at Indiana 48-46 and moved into a 3-way tie for 1st place in the Big Ten. This was rivalry basketball at its ugliest!
Matt Haarms tipped in a basket with 3.2 seconds remaining gave Purdue the final lead of the night. Ryan Cline had 11 points, and Haarms finished with six for the Boilermakers (19-7, 12-3 Big Ten), who have won three straight at Assembly Hall for the first time in school history.
It didn’t come easily. Indiana’s Romeo Langford scored 14 points despite not taking a shot in the second half, and Juwan Morgan’s 3-pointer grazed the rim at the buzzer. Morgan had nine points and 11 rebounds as Indiana (13-13, 4-11) lost its fourth straight overall and fifth in a row in the series.
There were players repeatedly hit the deck, rebounds bouncing off the floor, passes going into the cheerblocks. The unforgiving rims made the teams look like they were playing with peach baskets, and the Hoosiers’ students serenaded Haarms with boos and chants each time he was involved in a play after locking arms with Indiana’s De’Ron Davis and falling to the floor late in the first half. At times, Haarms showed his frustration but eventually shook it off in the waning seconds to go up over a defender to tip in Edwards’ errant runner.
It was the lowest scoring game in the series since Jan. 21, 1950, when the Hoosiers won 49-39 at Purdue.
Purdue sweeps the season series with IU and has won 5 of the last 6 against the Hoosiers. The last IU win against Purdue was February 20th, 2016 77-73 in Bloomington. Purdue wins a sloppy game, but a win is a win and they position themselves now for an another Big Ten Championship as the season comes to the end.
As for IU, they “showed up” and played tough against their rivals and showed more heart and effort in this game than in the past and the let down in Minnesota. IU still shot horribly from the field and I don’t understand how an NBA lottery pick as Romeo Langford takes 0, yes 0 shots from the field in the 2nd half against the rival Boilermakers! How does that happen? Maybe Romeo needs to come back to IU next season and develop more?
No. 15 PURDUE 48, INDIANA 46
PURDUE (19-7) — Haarms 3-4 0-0 6, Eifert 1-4 0-0 3, Eastern 4-7 0-1 8, Edwards 4-24 1-2 9, Cline 4-10 0-0 11, Williams 1-3 3-4 5, Wheeler 1-4 0-0 3, Boudreaux 0-1 0-0 0, Stefanovic 1-3 0-0 3, E.Hunter 0-0 0-2 0. Totals 19-60 4-9 48.
INDIANA (13-13) — Davis 4-6 0-1 8, Morgan 3-14 2-5 9, Phinisee 2-6 0-0 5, Langford 2-6 9-10 14, Durham 1-8 0-0 2, Smith 1-6 0-2 2, McRoberts 1-2 0-0 3, Green 1-7 0-0 3. Totals 15-55 11-18 46.