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Jan 13, 2024 4:44 pm

No. 1 Purdue trounces Penn St. behind Zach Edey’s 30

Center Zach Edey collected 30 points and 20 rebounds as top-ranked Purdue avoided back-to-back losses by beating visiting Penn State 95-78 Saturday.

Edey made 10 of his 12 field goal attempts and was 10 of 14 from the free-throw line. He entered the game averaging 21.8 points and 10.4 rebounds per game.

Purdue, which was coming off Tuesday’s 88-72 loss at Nebraska, trailed 10-8 early in the game but took control with a 27-2 run. The Boilermakers had a 35-12 lead following an Edey free throw with 9:54 remaining in the first half. The free throw capped a 17-0 spurt.

Purdue (15-2, 4-2 Big Ten) shot 58.2 percent from the field (32 of 55) and made 11 of 24 3-point attempts, but missed nine of its 29 free throws. The Boilermakers outrebounded the Nittany Lions, 43-24.

Lance Jones added 14 points for Purdue, which also received an 11-point performance from Fletcher Loyer. Braden Smith tied his career-high with 11 assists.

Purdue made 18 of 30 field goal attempts in the first half (60 percent) and led 56-36 at halftime. Penn State (8-9, 2-4) failed to get closer than 16 points in the second half.

Nick Kern made 7 of his 9 field-goal attempts and led the Penn State offense with a career-high 18 points. Kanye Clary added 16 points, Jameel Brown finished with 13, and Ace Baldwin had seven points and 13 assists.

Purdue, which improved its home record to 9-0 this season, has won the last eight meetings with Penn State.

The Nittany Lions shot 29 of 65 from the field, including 9 of 28 from 3-point territory.

It was the second straight loss for Penn State, which has lost nine of 13 games since a 4-0 start. The Penn State program is now 0-15 against No. 1-ranked teams.

–Field Level Media

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