Purdue went six minutes in the second half against Xavier without scoring a point. That stretch allowed the Musketeers to turn a two point deficit into a six point lead and they were able to hold on for a 63-57 win in Mackey Arena.
"I think we had consistency as far as playing hard, in the first half. We out rebounded them and things like that. The ball just wasn't going in. It just came down to taking bad shots at bad times and that gave them points," said Terone Johnson. "Not being disciplined is why we lost today."
As the sun began to set on Ross-Ade Stadium, Saturday afternoon, Purdue head coach Danny Hope was perched atop some of his players’ shoulders while the rest of the Boilermakers were hoisting the Old Oaken Bucket for the second straight year.
“It was really a special moment. I never had that happen before,” said Hope.
Running back Akeem Shavers added, “It was one of those moments you see in a movie.”
Purdue’s 56-35 win over rival Indiana was a Hollywood ending, but whether or not a sequel is in the works remains a mystery.