Our breakdown of the Illini's beatdown of Purdue Pete:
Illinois 79, Purdue 59
Player of the Game: Illinois’ Joseph Bertrand
Rebounding has been an issue for the Illini this season. But thanks to the supersub, it wasn’t on Wednesday. Bertrand had a game-high 12 boards, including six at the offensive end, and added nine points.
Purdue B, Illinois B+
How do you survive a three-point game by your leading scorer (Brandon Paul)? By getting 18 points from Peorian D.J. Richardson and 13 points and seven assists from Tracy Abrams, that’s how.
Purdue C-, Illinois B-
Sam McLaurin and Nnanna Egwu did their best work at the defensive end, limiting the effectiveness of Purdue’s A.J. Hammons. And Egwu found a way to stay out of foul trouble. Good move.
Purdue C-, Illinois A
Tyler Griffey wasn’t hitting his three-pointers (0 for 5), but found other ways to get his points. Myke Henry made the most of his 14 minutes, scoring eight. Sandi Marcius had a couple nice moments for the Boilers.
Purdue D, Illinois A-
Illini figured out it is OK to take an early lead and cruise to a victory. So much for Purdue’s eight-game streak against the Illini. At least Matt Painter wasn’t around to see the end (ejected in the second half).