The task was too tall

Golden Ea­gles can’t han­dle Purdue’s size

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - - SPORTS - Ben Steele

With Purdue boast­ing two play­ers stand­ing at least 7-foot-2, the Boil­er­mak­ers had a clear size ad­van­tage against Mar­quette on Tues­day night.

The Boil­er­mak­ers rode that mis­match to a 86-71 vic­tory at the BMO Har­ris Bradley Cen­ter.

Purdue, ranked No. 21 in the USA Today coaches poll, scored 30 points in the paint. The Golden Ea­gles (1-1) had just 12.

The Boil­er­mak­ers also fin­ished 18 for 23 on free throws.

With 6-11 Harry Frol­ing not avail­able un­til mid-De­cem­ber af­ter trans­fer­ring from SMU, MU's big­gest play­ers against Purdue were 6-10 Matt Heldt and 6-9 fresh­man Theo John.

That wouldn't cut it against Purdue, which starts 7-2 Isaac Haas and brings 7-3 Matt Haarms off the bench.

Purdue started the game by im­me­di­ately try­ing to take ad­van­tage down low, dump­ing the ball into Haas on the block for a jump hook on the Boil­er­mak­ers' first pos­ses­sion.

Haas was shoot­ing 4 of 8 with two re­bounds be­fore pick­ing up his se­cond foul and get­ting ban­ished to the bench

for the fi­nal 7:41 of the first half.

MU closed the first half on an 11-2 run in the fi­nal 3:42, fueled by a small-ball lineup of 6-8 sopho­more Sam Hauser, 6-3 fresh­man Greg El­liott, 6-5 sopho­more Sacar Anim, 5-11 se­nior An­drew Rowsey and 5-11 sopho­more Markus Howard.

The Boil­er­mak­ers were able to take a 32-30 lead into the break af­ter Carsen Ed­wards blocked Rowsey's fast-break layup right be­fore the buzzer, get­ting a mea­sure of re­venge af­ter Rowsey had blocked Ed­wards to start the break.

Mar­quette's de­fense was strong in the first 20 min­utes.

The Boil­er­mak­ers, who shot 21 of 47 (44.75) on three-point­ers in their first two games, mis­fired on all five of their at­tempts from beyond the arc in the first half.

The Golden Ea­gles also ha­rassed Purdue into six turnovers in the first 20 min­utes.

With Haas back in the game to start the se­cond half, the Boil­er­mak­ers started feed­ing the big man again.

He scored four buck­ets in the paint in the first 2:31 af­ter the break, forc­ing MU coach Steve Wo­j­ciechowski to call time­out with Purdue lead­ing, 41-31.

MU got to within 45-43 with 14:39 re­main­ing but would not get any closer.

The Boil­er­mak­ers didn't make a three-pointer un­til Dakota Mathias hit one with 12:52 left in the game.

Mathias' shot seemed to open up Purdue's of­fense. The Boil­er­mak­ers fin­ished 4 for 12 from long dis­tance.

The Golden Ea­gles' shoot­ing kept them in the game. They were 11 for 27 on three-point­ers.

Howard (24 points), Rowsey (25) and Hauser (12) paced MU's of­fense.

Haas fin­ished with 22 points on 8for-13 shoot­ing and added five re­bounds. Haarms had seven points and three re­bounds. Ed­wards added 15 points.

The Boil­er­mak­ers were held un­der 100 points for the first time this sea­son. Purdue had cruised to vic­to­ries over SIU-Ed­wardsville (105-94) and Chicago State (111-42).

The Boil­er­mak­ers have won all nine matchups be­tween the schools. The last meet­ing came on March 15, 1969.

RICK WOOD / MIL­WAU­KEE JOURNAL SEN­TINEL

Purdue cen­ter Isaac Haas soars over Mar­quette for­ward Sam Hauser on Tues­day.

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