Casey Abbett

Sports Intern

Hi, my name is Casey Abbett and I am from LaCrosse Indiana. I am a freshman at Purdue University and planning to major in mass communications. I am a sports intern for WBAA.

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In a controversial finish, Minnesota held on to edge Purdue, 34-31, in a rare Friday night Big Ten game for the Boilermakers.

The play in question was an offensive pass interference call with less than a minute left in the game on Boilermaker sophomore tight end Payne Durham. The Boilermakers (2-2) were in a position to win the game on a 19-yard apparent touchdown pass that would have given the Boilermakes the lead.

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  Purdue was forced to shake off its share of rust after an unexpected week off, but was unsuccessful as No. 23 Northwestern defeated the Boilermakers, 27-20, at Ross-Ade Stadium Saturday night.

The Boilermakers (2-1) were off because last weekend’s opponent, Wisconsin, was unable to host because of COVID concerns.  Last week’s layoff affected the Boilermakers offense the most with just two rushing yards on the night and only four third down conversions in 17 tries.

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  On a Halloweeen afternoon, Purdue’s football team faced off against a depleted Illinois team and secured a 31-24 victory in Champagne, but the Boilermaker faithful got a scare late in the game. 

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Purdue’s football team returned to the field Saturday to begin a season not many thought would take place only a few weeks ago. The Boilermakers won their opening game against Iowa, 24-20, by overcoming several obstacles.

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  In what may be the final blow to Purdue’s chances of making the NCAA tournament, Rutgers shattered the Boilermakers’ hopes with an overtime win, 71-68.

Like Purdue, Rutgers was looking for a strong finish to the regular season before the Big Ten tournament starts Wed. (March 11) in Indianapolis.  With a 10-9 record in the Big Ten entering Saturday’s game, the Scarlets Knights had a one game edge over the Boilermakers (9-10). 

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The Purdue Men's basketball team snapped a four-game losing streak against in-state rival Indiana Thursday night, capturing a much needed 57-49 victory.

This game was a must-win for Purdue (15-14) as it continues to try to make its case for a bid to the NCAA tournament in a few weeks. While the team’s chances are faint, the opportunity still remains for Purdue to make a run at the Big Dance with a few games left to play.

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It has not been home-sweet-home for Purdue’s men’s basketball team this season.

Michigan handed Purdue its fourth loss at Mackey Arena this season, 71-63, on Saturday afternoon.  The Boilermakers’ fourth home loss this season equals the number of combined losses at Mackey Arena over the previous four seasons.  

Purdue struggled out of the game with ten missed shots of 13 taken in the opening minutes.  Michigan struggled, too, from the outset. But in the final four minutes, the Wolverines opened up their margin with a 15-4 run to close out the half.

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Unlike the last meeting when Purdue dominated Wisconsin, the Badgers outlasted the Boilers in a 69-65 victory on Tuesday night at Kohl Center.

With only four regular-season games left, Purdue drops to 14-13 overall and 7-9 in the Big Ten after their third straight loss, which puts the Boilers in a precarious situation for their hopes of making the NCAA tournament.  The pressure is on.

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 As opposed to Purdue’s last home game against Iowa, ranked No. 17 six days ago when the two teams met, the Boilermakers’ most effective weapon against the Hawkeyes--the three-point shot--was used against them on Tuesday night.

No. 13 Penn State made 14 three-pointers in its 88-76 win over the Boilermakers at Mackey Arena.

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  Purdue men’s basketball fans greeted 17th ranked Iowa with derisive cheers from the moment the Hawkeyes hit the Mackey Arena floor for warmups on Wednesday night.  And they never let up after the upset-minded Boilermakers dominated the game, 104-68.  

After Iowa opened the scoring 18 seconds into the game on Luka Garza basket, Purdue responded with 17 unanswered points and set the tone. 

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 Purdue’s men’s basketball team nabbed its first Big Ten road win with a 61-58 victory at Northwestern. 

The Boilermakers were 0-5 in Big Ten road games prior to their game at Evanston.  Overall this season, Purdue had only one road triumph at Ohio U. on Dec. 17.

In the game’s final three minutes, the Boilermakers put together their surge with an 11-0 run.  

It marked the first time this season Purdue (12-10, 5-6 in the Big Ten) won a game trailing at halftime.  Northwestern had a 29-25 lead the break. 

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Following a rare loss at home to the fighting Illini earlier this week, the Purdue Boilermakers bounced back to beat the Wisconsin Badgers, 70-51, Friday night at Mackey Arena.

The Boilers shot out of the gate and never looked back in a much-needed Big Ten victory at home, a  big turnaround after the Boilermakers had an anemic offensive performance against the Fighting Illini.  A pair of runs in the first half, 13-2 and 12-2, allowed Purdue to control the tempo of the game.

Then Purdue held off a Badger run in the middle of the second half.

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The last outing for the Purdue men's basketball team, against an unranked Illinois squad, resulted in the team's lowest point total in 70 years (in a 63-37 loss). So the Boilermaker offense had a lot of work to do before facing #19 Michigan in Ann Arbor Thursday.

In their first of three straight games against top-25 opponents, the Boilermakers fell to the Wolverines, but forced them into double overtime to do it, 84-78. While the offense did improve, the visitors were simply outlasted by the more talented home squad.

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Though the rosters are the same no matter where they play, when the Purdue men's basketball team takes their home court in Mackey Arena, they have been a much different team.

They’ve scored more at all levels, defended better, rebounded with more tenacity and played with more energy.

Sunday’s game was played in Champaign, Illinois.

The 63-37 defeat represented Purdue's lowest point total of the season so far.

It started from the opening tip, as Purdue missed its first ten shots from the field, falling to an 11-0 deficit they were never able to overcome.

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The beginning to a new year is always a time of great excitement and promise. So many things to look forward to and goals to achieve.

The Purdue Boilermakers and Minnesota Golden Gophers delivered on the promise of excitement with a double overtime thriller in Mackey Arena to get the year started Thursday.

Purdue was able to overcome a sometimes sloppy performance (15 turnovers, a season high) to secure its eighth win of the season, as neither team was able to build much of a lead throughout the game.