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Tuesday / February 7.
  • Purdue scores Big Ten’s first win in Big Ten/ACC Challenge

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    WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Purdue coach Matt Painter gambled Tuesday night.

    Center Isaac Haas made sure it paid off.

    The 7-foot-2 senior played most of the final 15 minutes with three fouls, banging around and drawing fouls on Louisville’s leaner defenders. Eventually, Haas’ inside presence loosened up the defense for his teammates who used a late run to finally get past the 17th-ranked Cardinals 66-57 in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. It was the Big Ten’s first — and only — win through the first two days of the event.

    “We were in foul trouble early,” Painter said. “To be in the position we were (at halftime), I really felt fortunate. In the second half, we wanted to get the ball inside, get some points from those guys and I think we did a good job of that.”

    It wasn’t pretty.

    Both teams struggled to score and each lost key players because of more foul trouble early in the second half. But Haas showed size still works against smaller, more athletic defenders.

    After being reinserted with the Boilermakers (6-2) trailing 33-27, Haas drew five fouls over the next 2:05, spurring a 16-3 run that turned Purdue’s 33-27 deficit into a 43-36 lead with 9:12 to play. He had nine points, four rebounds and needed some extra attention in the training room afterward.

    “He got hit right on the elbow and wasn’t able to make a fist,” Painter said. “He’s still in the training room, so right now I don’t know (the extent).”

    Vincent Edwards led the Boilermakers with 15 points and seven rebounds. Carsen Edwards and Dakota Mathias each scored 13 as the Boilermakers beat their second straight ranked opponent and their 11th straight at home.

    Louisville (4-1) was led by V.J. King with 17 points and Deng Adel with 13. But as Haas banged around inside, they struggled to find answers.

    Anas Mahmoud went to the bench with his third foul right after Haas re-entered.

    Ray Spalding didn’t fare any better, drawing his third and fourth fouls in a 35-second span that put him on the bench with 13:46 left. Forty-two seconds after that Mahmoud was back on the bench with his fourth foul.


    Here’s the updated scoreboard:

    All times ET

    Monday, Nov. 27

    Syracuse 72, Maryland 70

    Virginia 49, Wisconsin 37

    Tuesday, Nov. 28

    Georgia Tech 52, Northwestern 51

    Florida State 78, Rutgers 73

    Purdue 66, Louisville 57

    Virginia Tech 79, Iowa 55

    Wake Forest 80, Illinois 73

    Wednesday, Nov. 29

    Clemson at Ohio State, 7:15 p.m. (ESPN2)

    Penn State at North Carolina State, 7:15 p.m. (ESPNU)

    Michigan at North Carolina, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN)

    Miami at Minnesota, 9:15 p.m. (ESPN2)

    Boston College at Nebraska, 9:15 p.m. (ESPNU)

    Duke at Indiana, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN)

    Thursday, Nov. 30

    Notre Dame at Michigan State, 7 p.m. (ESPN)


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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.