In one of the most exciting games of the college basketball season, No. 18 Purdue outlasted No. 8 Michigan State, 82-81, in overtime at Mackey Arena in West Lafayette on Tuesday. Senior Raphael Davis drilled six three-pointers for Purdue and scored a team-high 24 points in a game-high 43 minutes of burn.
“My teammates put me in good position, and I was able to make shots,” Davis said on CBS Sports Radio’s Ferrall on the Bench. “I was comfortable out there, and I just got to give it all to my teammates.”
Davis had a great all-around game, finishing with seven rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks. He got after it on both ends of the floor, pressuring Michigan State’s guards throughout the evening.
“That’s always my plan out there, to play solid defense,” Davis said. “They got some really good guards, so do be able to stick with one and make one uncomfortable was huge for us.”
Denzel Valentine had another All-American-type game for the Spartans, finishing with 27 points and 10 assists – both game-highs – to go with eight rebounds. He also hit five of Michigan State’s 11 three-pointers.
“If you let them get going from three, it’s going to turn into a long night for you,” Davis said. “We knew (Bryn) Forbes could really shoot the ball and Valentine could really shoot the ball. So it was a key to get on the shooters and stop them from three.”
Michigan State (20-5, 7-5), however, had no answer for Purdue center A.J. Hammons, who had 19 points, 13 rebounds and eight blocks.
“He had an unbelievable game,” Davis said. “He played really hard. He went out there and really helped us. He helped us tremendously defensively. It was a great game for him.”
Purdue (20-5, 8-4) entered the night 0-3 against ranked teams, with its previous two losses coming at Iowa and at Maryland, which are ranked fourth and second, respectively. Tuesday was exactly what the Boilermakers needed before heading to Ann Arbor this weekend. They play Michigan (17-7, 7-4) on Saturday at 2 p.m. ET
“It should really help us in the long run,” Davis said of the win over Michigan State. “It gives us some confidence to go get some more wins. It was great for our fans and great for our team.”