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Purdue upends No.23 Michigan State 55-54

by | Jan 9, 2021 | Basketball Blogs, Headlines | 0 comments

Purdue 55, [23] Michigan State 54 (Postgame Notes) 

  • Purdue improved to 8-5 overall and 3-3 in the Big Ten with a 55-54 win over No. 23-ranked Michigan State at the Breslin Center.
  • The win was Purdue’s third straight over Michigan State and first in the Breslin Center since the 2016-17 season. It’s the first time since March 1993 to Feb. 1997 (7 straight wins) that Purdue has won three straight games against the Spartans.
  • Purdue has won five of the last seven meetings with Michigan State.
  • In the last two meetings against Purdue, Michigan State is averaging 48.0 points per game.
  • Purdue’s 15-point second-half rally (trailed 31-16 with 20:00 left in the second half) was its largest second-half rally against a Big Ten team since Feb. 23, 1987, against No. 14-ranked Illinois (trailed 46-30 with 11:57 left – won 76-75 in overtime).
  • The win marks the first win in East Lansing as an unranked Purdue team against a ranked Michigan State team ever.
  • The win was Purdue’s 21stwin over a ranked team since the start of the 2016-17 season, good for ninth nationally.
  • Purdue is now 157-7 under Matt Painter when holding opponents to 59 or fewer points.
  • Matt Painter coached his 524thgame at Purdue, moving past Ward “Piggy” Lambert into second place on Purdue’s all-time games coached list at Purdue.
  • Trevion Williams scored 26 points with nine points, including the game-winning basket with five seconds left. He scored 24 of his 26 points in the second half, outscoring Michigan State (23 points) in the final 20 minutes.
  • In four games against Michigan State, Trevion Williams is averaging 14.8 PPG and 8.5 RPG while shooting 23-of-44 from the field.