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Bobby Hurley Calls Arizona State’s Effort ‘Embarrassing’ in Blowout Loss to Purdue in Jimmy V Classic
NEW YORK (AP) —Bobby Hurley used a variety of phrases to describe his team’s effort in a 97-64 loss to No. 18 Purdue Tuesday night in the in the Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden.
None of them were remotely flattering.
Hurley used the words “soft,” “very disturbing” and said his team lacked “backbone.”
Perhaps most importantly, Hurley said his team did not honor the legacy of Jim Valvano, for whom the event is named.
“To look like that it was embarrassing,” said Hurley, who was making his coaching debut at the Garden on the same bill as his alma mater, Duke, played Florida. “And then the cause, such a great cause that we’re playing for tonight. Did my players play as hard as the people that are going through what they go through in cancer, as families go through their personal situations? I don’t think so.”
Isaac Haas and Vincent Edwards were both 6 of 9 from the field and had 16 points in the game.
Purdue, which has won six of seven, took command with a 26-2 run that gave the Boilermakers a 35-12 lead. During the spurt, Purdue scored both inside and out while the Sun Devils (5-4) missed 12 of 13 shots and the Boilermakers (7-2) outrebounded Arizona State 16-5.
Arizona State finished the first half 1 of 11 from 3-point range, one game after matching the school record with 18 3s against UNLV. The Sun Devils were 4 for 26 for the game on 3s and 24 of 67 overall (24 of 67).
Ryan Cline had 15 points for Purdue, and Basil Smotherman had 13. Carsen Edwards and Dakota Mathias scored 12 each.
Cline was 5 for 7 and Vincent Edwards went 4 for 5 from 3-point range as Purdue finished 15 of 27 from long range. The Boilermakers shot 59.4 percent overall (38 of 64).
Shannon Evans II led the Sun Devils with 16 points, and Torian Graham added 14.
Caleb Swanigan had 10 rebounds to lead the Boilermakers, who finished with a 44-28 advantage on the glass. The 7-foot-2 Haas had seven rebounds.
The win ended a three-game losing streak at Madison Square Garden for the Boilermakers, who are 13-9 in the building all-time.
BIG PICTUREPurdue: The Boilermakers aren’t just their big men anymore. Swanigan and Haas control inside, but Purdue can also hit the 3. Purdue outrebounds its opponents by eight and the Boilermakers shoot 43.2 percent from beyond the arc. … Purdue’s losses have been to Villanova and Louisville. … Purdue’s next game against a ranked team is Dec. 17 against No. 23 Notre Dame in Indianapolis. … Purdue leads the all-time series with Arizona State 4-2.
Arizona State: The Sun Devils are one of the most mobile college basketball teams. From Nov. 16 through Dec. 10, they will travel 12,900 miles and spend 11 of 25 nights in hotels. The trips included one to the Bahamas to face then-No. 1 Kentucky. … In their current six-game stretch, the Sun Devils will have faced ranked teams Kentucky, Purdue and Creighton. … Arizona State is 1-4 at Madison Square Garden.
Purdue: The Boilermakers host Cleveland State on Saturday and a week later they face No. 23 Notre Dame.
Arizona State: The Sun Devils are at San Diego State on Saturday.
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Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.