Purdue improves to 9-0 with 80-53 victory over IUPUI

Vince Edwards chipped in with 10 points for the Boilermakers.

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — A.J. Hammons scored 14 points and Kendall Stephens added 13 to lead No. 11 Purdue to an 80-53 victory over IUPUI on Monday night.

Caleb Swanigan added 11 points and 14 rebounds for the Boilermakers (9-0), while Vince Edwards and Isaac Haas added 10 points each.

Purdue is 9-0 for the first time since the 2009-10 team began the season 14-0.

Darell Combs led IUPUI (3-7) with 14 points.

Purdue used a 24-1 run from the second half’s 12:46 mark until 5:04 remained to take a commanding 73-42 lead.

A layup by Hammons and two free throws from Stephens pushed the Boilermakers’ lead to 53-41 with 12:10 remaining. Three more field goals from Hammons and a steal and dunk by Edwards gave Purdue a 61-42 advantage with 10:01 to play.

Stephens followed with a 3-pointer, Edwards and Hammons made three of four free throws and Stephens made a short jumper for the 69-42 lead. A layup by Johnny Hill and two free throws by P.J. Thompson made it 73-42.

The Boilermakers outscored the Jaguars 16-8 during the opening half’s final 7:34 to lead 38-30 at halftime. Swanigan had nine points, eight rebounds, two assists and no turnovers in 15 solid first-half minutes, and Haas added seven points.

Purdue entered the game leading the Big Ten in rebounding with 46.0 a game, but IUPUI stayed within striking distance in the first half by outrebounding the Boilermakers 20-16.

TIP-INS

IUPUI: The Jaguars’ active roster includes four returning letterwinners, four eligible Division I transfers and four freshmen. … IUPUI has only one victory all-time against a Big Ten team, defeating Northwestern 56-53 during 2002-03. … Coach Jason Gardner, an Indianapolis native who played at Arizona, was heavily recruited to play at Purdue.

Purdue: Hammons was selected Big Ten Player of the Week after contributing 24 points and 12 rebounds in a victory at Pittsburgh and 16 points and 11 rebounds in a victory against New Mexico. … On the 74th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, Purdue honored longtime Boilermaker fan and Pearl Harbor survivor James Dewitt Sr., 92, during a brief pregame ceremony.

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IUPUI visits Missouri State on Thursday.

Purdue hosts Howard on Wednesday.