Zach Edey, Braden Smith lead Purdue basketball past rival Indiana

WEST LAFAYETTE — Saturday was a good day for Purdue basketball.

Wisconsin got bludgeoned by Rutgers.

Michigan State came back to beat Illinois.

Then, the second-ranked Boilermakers spanked their rival 79-59 at Mackey Arena, completing the season sweep of Indiana.

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And Zach Edey finally got his 3-pointer.

Purdue now has a comfortable 2.5-game lead over Illinois in the Big Ten standings with seven regular season games remaining.

Purdue Boilermakers center Zach Edey (15) dunks the ball during the NCAA men’s basketball game against the Indiana Hoosiers, Saturday, Feb. 10, 2024, at Mackey Arena in West Lafayette, Ind.

It was over when

The Hoosiers held their ground early.

Then, they didn’t.

Purdue, leading 20-18 midway through the first half, went on a 15-1 run, a stretch where Indiana missed eight straight shots and turned the ball over five times.

The Boilermakers never allowed their rival to recover from it, overcoming an icy cold 0-for-7 start from 3 with triples from Braden Smith, Myles Colvin and Mason Gillis.

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