Purdue Men’s Basketball: Historic win highlighted by record-breaking dunk clinic | Basketball

That is how the Boilermakers wrote history.

In what would be an 82-76 win over the Michigan Wolverines (11-9, 5-5 Big Ten) Saturday at Mackey Arena, Purdue (20-3, 9-3 Big Ten) became the first team in the Big Ten to earn 1,000 Big Ten wins.

Marked by eight dunks, the most in a single game coached by Matt Painter, the Boilermakers drove to a crucial conference win against the Michigan Wolverines in what would be Painter’s 400th career win as head coach.

Each dunk was met by an emphatic roar from the Mackey Arena crowd, one that reached 115.3 decibels after senior striker Trevion Williams made a massive layup to put Purdue ahead by 11 points. Purdue Athletics said the noise was seven decibels away from the Mackey Arena record.

Purdue was originally scheduled to play against Michigan in mid-January. COVID issues within the Wolverines program have delayed the game until today.

After an 88-73 win against Minnesota, the team’s most recent win in a four-game series, the Boilermakers looked poised to build on their momentum and take a long-awaited win against Michigan.

The Wolverines, who recently won 85-79 against Nebraska, wanted to shock a sold-out Mackey crowd and continue their winning streak of five straight games against Purdue. Head coach Juwan Howard has been 3-0 against the Boilermakers since he was first hired from the Miami Heat in 2019. Howard is now 3-1.

One of the most significant matchups in the game was the battle between two sophomore 7-foot centers: Purdue’s Zach Edey and Michigan’s Hunter Dickinson. Dickinson got off to a hot start, beating two mid-range jumpers and a lay-up, while Edey threw emphatic dunks whenever he had the chance.

Impressively, Purdue didn’t make a single mistake in the first half. By comparison, Michigan has committed four.

Four early 3-pointers, two from sophomore forward Mason Gillis and one from senior guard Sasha Stefanovic, helped Purdue propel Purdue to a 22-14 lead midway through the first half. Williams hit the eighth 3-point basket of his career and his first since an early January game against the Wisconsin Badgers.

After a brief run through Michigan, a trio of dunks from Edey and sophomore guard Jaden Ivey sent the Mackey crowd into an absolute frenzy. Their energy soon turned to utter silence as Dickinson responded with two three-point shots of his own, taking Boilermaker’s lead to just 1 point.

A plethora of Purdue alumni and celebrity Purdue fans made their way to Mackey Arena to watch the game, including former Purdue basketball guard Ryan Cline, Tampa Bay Rays midfielder Kevin Kiermaier and Purdue basketball legend Carl Landry. Notably, Cline scored 27 points in Purdue’s 2019 Sweet Sixteen matchup against the Tennessee Volunteers, hitting seven 3-point shots to pair with then-junior guard Carsen Edwards’ 29 points in an overtime thriller.

The duo of Ivey and Edey led the Purdue charge to start the second half. However, it was a back and forth battle with both teams with Purdue going 4 for 4 and Michigan going 5 for 5.

Sophomore guard Jaden Ivey led Purdue in scoring with 23 points and 6 rebounds. Both Williams and Edey combined for 32 points in 40 minutes of play.

Once again, Purdue struggled to defend the 3-point line, allowing Michigan to shoot for 44.4% from the depths. Combined with a seemingly unmissable night from Dickinson, the Wolverines stayed close to the Boilermakers.

Purdue will stay in Mackey when it takes on the Illinois Fighting Illini this Tuesday at 9 p.m. The match will be broadcast on ESPN.

GAME NOTES:

  • Purdue improved to 20-3 overall and 9-3 in the Big Ten with an 82-76 win over Michigan in front of 14,804 fans at Mackey Arena – the 37e direct sale at Mackey.
  • The Boilermakers have won five games in a row and broken a five-game loss streak against Michigan, capturing their first win over the Wolverines since January 25, 2018.
  • The win, coupled with Michigan State’s loss to Rutgers, moves Purdue to second place in the Big Ten with league-leader Illinois (10-2) visiting Mackey Tuesday night (9:00 PM, ESPN).
  • Purdue became the first program in league history to win 1,000 conference games. Purdue is now 1,000-686 in Big Ten Conference games.
  • Today’s win was the 400. from Matt Paintere career win in his 18e season as a collegiate head coach (25 at Southern Illinois, 375 at Purdue).
  • The Boilermakers have won five games in a row and broken a five-game loss streak against Michigan, capturing their first win over the Wolverines since January 25, 2018.
  • The win was Matt Painter’s first over Michigan’s Juwan Howard. Howard – in his third season with the Wolverines – is now 3-1 against Painter and Purdue.
  • The win, coupled with Michigan State’s loss to Rutgers, moves Purdue to second place in the Big Ten with league-leader Illinois (10-2) visiting Mackey Tuesday night (9:00 PM, ESPN).
  • Purdue became the first program in league history to win 1,000 conference games. Purdue is now 1,000 – 686 in Big Ten Conference games.
  • Today’s win was the 400. from Matt Paintere career win in his 18e season as a collegiate head coach (25 at Southern Illinois, 375 at Purdue).
  • Purdue has scored 80 plus points in five consecutive Big Ten games for the first time since it played in seven consecutive games from January 18 to February 10, 1998.
  • The win gave Purdue 20 wins for the 12e time in 17 seasons under Matt Painter. Purdue is 20-3 (or better) for the sixth time since the 1979-80 season and the third time under Painter (2021-22, 2017-18, 2009-10).
  • The Michigan win gave the senior class (Sasha Stefanovic, Eric Hunter Jr., Trevion Williams) at least one win over every Big Ten school.
  • Purdue has not fallen behind in three of his last five games (Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota). In the other two wins, it was behind Northwestern for 1:23 and Ohio State for 4:37.
  • Purdue is 97-11 in the last 108 games at Mackey Arena.
  • Purdue has now shot more than 50 percent in 14 of his 23 games this season, the second most games in the country.
  • Purdue is now 58-2 since the start of the 2017-18 season when he scored at least 80 points and won 36 consecutive games.
  • Purdue’s five three-pointers made were a season low.
  • Purdue is now 11-3 against the KenPom top-100 this season.
  • Purdue won both the rebound and turnover battles, making the Boilermakers 137-15 in winning both the rebound and turnover battles.
  • Since the start of the 2015-16 season, Purdue is now on 100 games over .500 (163-63).
  • Purdue’s big three, Jaden Ivey, Zach Edey and Trevion Williams, combined for 55 points, 23 rebounds and 10 assists. It marks the second most combined points the trio has scored this season (Indiana State – 60).
  • Jaden Ivey scored 23 points with a record seven assists, six rebounds, one steal and one block. It marked his third consecutive 20-point game.
  • Trevion Williams scored 19 points with eight rebounds. Since the start of his sophomore season, Williams has averaged 22.4 points and 10.1 rebounds against the Michigan Big Ten schools.
  • Zach Edey scored 13 points with nine rebounds, including six on the offensive side.

โ€“ Purdue Athletics contributed to this report.

Purdue Men’s Basketball: Historic win highlighted by record-breaking dunk clinic | Basketball

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