No. 16 Purdue beat Indiana, 86-75, on Tuesday night to secure a season sweep of its rival. The Boilermakers had previously beaten Indiana, 69-64, in Bloomington on Feb. 9.
Needless to say, Tuesday was fun in West Lafayette.
“Oh, definitely,” Purdue forward Vince Edwards said on CBS Sports Radio’s Ferrall on the Bench. “It’s been 25 months since they’ve been in Mackey. They haven’t been to Mackey since my freshman year. I knew it was going to be a special night with all the fans and the Big Ten being on the line as well.”
Junior guard Dakota Mathias had 17 of his 19 points in the first half, while sophomore forward Caleb Swanigan had 17 of his game-high 21 points in the second half. Swanigan also finished with 10 rebounds and three blocks.
“Those two were huge,” Edwards said. “Dakota got hot early, and we just made it a point to establish (Swanigan) down low. He’s such a dominant player. With a guy of his caliber being up for national player of the year and just being who he is, we had to get him the ball more and establish him down in the low post.”
Indiana (16-14) shot just 44.2 percent from the floor but stayed in the game with 14 offensive rebounds.
“We were getting stops, but we weren’t boxing out,” said Edwards, who finished with 15 points, seven rebounds and seven assists. “They did a good job of using their athleticism and trying to get second-half points. But in the second half, I feel like we took care of the ball more, boxed out, got stops, got rebounds and we were able to pull away with a win.”
Purdue (24-6), which clinched a share of the Big Ten title Tuesday, can win it outright with a win at Northwestern (20-9) on Sunday. Tip-off is at 4:30 p.m. ET.
“We’re going to try to carry the momentum (from this win) and ride it out,” Edwards said.