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Purdue Pummels Penn State on Gene Keady Bobblehead Day

WEST LAFAYETTE, IN – Caleb Swanigan scored 19 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead Purdue (16-4, 5-2) past Penn State (11-9, 3-4), 77-52.

Caleb Swanigan
NPOY Candidate Caleb Swanigan throws it down with two hands in the Purdue win over Penn State Saturday afternoon. Swanigan recorded ANOTHER double-double for the Boilermakers. Credit: Chris Costidakis/DeepDishWL

The Boilermakers grabbed an early lead in Mackey Arena and never looked back.  Thanks to an 8-9 start from the field and some lock-down defense, Purdue jumped out to a 20-7 lead.

Mackey Arena
All of the Lights, Mackey Arena, Purdue University, WL. Credit: Chris Costidakis/DeepDishWL

Penn State would rally to pull within four points at 24-20, but that was as close as it got the rest of the way.  The Boilermakers used a 13-0 run to extend their lead to 37-20 capped by a Carsen Edwards and-one. Purdue took a 41-23 lead into halftime.

Carsen Edwards
Carsen Edwards brings the ball up the court for Purdue. Credit: Chris Costidakis/DeepDishWL

It was much of the same for the Boilermakers in the second half.  They used an early 8-2 run to expand their lead to 51-25.  Penn State never got within 20 points after that.  Purdue finished with a 77-52 victory capped by two late baskets and a block from Grady Eifert.

Along with Swanigan, the Boiler received solid contributions from Vincent Edwards, Dakota Mathias, and Carsen Edwards.  Carsen finished with 13 points while Vincent and Dakota added 10 a piece.

Purdue Bench
Eifert, C. Edwards, V. Edwards and Biggie Swanigan on the bench late in the Purdue win over Penn State on Saturday. Credit: Chris Costidakis/DeepDishWL

Penn State was led by Josh Reaves with 12 points but shot just 31.3% as a team for the game.

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