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Boiling Point


Purdue wins easily in exhibition

The final tune-up, you could have tuned out early.

Purdue greeted Wayne State (Neb.) with an 11-0 burst to open the game Monday night, and Wayne State kept receding into the distance thereafter as the Boilermakers closed out the exhibition portion of their men's basketball schedule with a 91-58 win in front of 11,911 fans in Mackey Arena.

It was Purdue's 23rd straight exhibition win and the 18th without a loss under head coach Matt Painter. And it was defense that cracked it wide open.

The Boilermakers converted 21 first-half turnovers by Wayne State into 28 points, and that was the launch point for a 46-15 halftime lead.

The visitors had more turnovers (21) than field-goal attempts (19) in the first half, and they didn't make a field goal after the 5:47 mark of the half.

Purdue had runs of 11, eight and nine points in the first half, and led by as many as 33 points. The lead grew

to 38, at 78-40, with 9:32 to play.

Senior Errick Peck led the Boilermakers with 16 points on 7-of-8 shooting. He also had six rebounds and five steals. Former South Side standout Rapheal Davis added 13 points, and former Northrop star Bryson Scott 10. Terone Johnson also scored 10.

Eight players scored at least seven points for Purdue.

Ryan Rolfzen led Wayne State with 11 points.