NEW YORK, Sporting Alert – Issac Haas and Vincent Edwards each scored 16 points and No. 18 Purdue whipped Arizona State 97-64 in the first game of the Jimmy V Classic here at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday.
Haas, a 7-foot-2 center, collected 16 points on 6 of 9 shooting and pulled down seven rebounds, while Edwards shot 6 of 9 from the floor and connected on four 3-pointers to go with five rebounds for the Boilermakers (7-2), who won two in a row.
“We did a lot of great things offensively, moving the ball and getting open look from three- point and down on the block,” Haas said.
“But defensively there were some things that we had to tune up and we eventually got most of those corrected.”
Ryan Cline added 15 points and Basil Smotherman ended with 13, both off the bench, while Carsen Edwards and Dakota Mathias each scored 12 points in the win for Purdue, which shot 59.4 percent.
“I think things definitely went in our favor, especially shooting the basketball,” said Purdue coach Matt Painter.
“Anytime you have a dilemma as a coach and you’re going to double or do something differently, where we’ve gotten into trouble is where we force things.”
Shannon Evans II led Arizona State with 16 points, while Torian Graham ended with 14, but was only 5 of 16 shooting overall and missed all seven attempts from 3-point range.
The Sun Devils shot 24 of 67 overall for 36 percent and were only 4 of 26 from long-range in the defeat.
Caleb Swanigan pulled down 10 rebounds to lead Purdue, which outrebounded the Sun Devils 44-28 and finished with a 26-11 advantage in assists.
The Boilermakers used a dominanting 26-2 run to take control of the game en route to going into the halftime interval with a 47-21 lead over Arizona State (5-4), which at one point missed 12 of 13 shots.
The Sun Devils struggled from behind the arc in the first half – going into the break shooting just 1 of 11 from long-range, four nights after matching a school record with 18 3-pointers in a win against UNLV.
Purdue will next host Cleveland State on Saturday, while Arizona State are at San Diego State on the same day.