Matt Painter

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After a head-scratching loss to Marquette earlier this week, the Purdue men's basketball team returned home to Mackey Arena Saturday afternoon to try to make it back to .500 on the season. And, as happened the last time the two teams played, in 2017, the Boilers easily defeated Chicago State  -- this time 93-49.

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Not since February of 2018 had the Purdue men's basketball team lost at home, coming into Saturday night. That changes as the 23rd-ranked Boilermakers were thwarted 70-66 by Texas in a back-and-forth grinder of a game.

Sasha Stefanovic got off to a hot start after missing the team's first game with an ankle injury. He hit his first four three point attempts, but made just one shot the rest of the game.

Still, his 14 points represented a team high as Purdue struggled to score the ball all evening, shooting just 41 percent from the field.

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Purdue's men's basketball team started Saturday's game by having seven different players make the team's first seven buckets. But when New Mexico clawed back to take the lead in the second half, it was the Boilers' two-headed monster at center who were the difference.

Isaac Haas took the punishment early and A.J. Hammons helped a couple of the Lobos' big men foul out with the game still close in the second half as Purdue prevailed 70-58.

Hammons Returns, Purdue Big Men Dominate Incarnate Word

Nov 18, 2015
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As the cliche goes, if you can't beat 'em, join 'em.

Incarnate Word, in just its third year as a Division I program, didn't beat #21-ranked Purdue, but as the Cardinals lost 96-61, they tried early to take a page from this year's Boiler squad by staying in the game with outside shots. 

However, unlike a Purdue team which made 18 baskets from distance against Vermont on Sunday, the visitors from San Antonio couldn't keep it up and couldn't score consistently anywhere else on the floor. Just nine Cardinal baskets came from two-point range.

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Even before the Purdue men’s basketball team lost its only NCAA tournament game this year, the team’s coach had already registered a significant win.

After a couple years of trying, Matt Painter won a $100,000 grant to help fund research into a rare disease that’s impacted one West Lafayette family particularly harshly.

A Chance Encounter

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A six-game losing streak to Ohio State came to an end last night for the Purdue men’s basketball team.

The Boilermakers beat the 20th-ranked Buckeyes 60-58 at Mackey Arena to extend their winning streak to four games, including three against Top 25 teams.

Purdue led by nine with 2:16 to play, but allowed one last Ohio State rally.

A three-point basket by Buckeye leading scorer D'Angelo Russell with 31.2 seconds left cut Purdue’s lead to 58-56.

Purdue Men Pick Up 87-46 Win Over Arkansas State

Dec 10, 2014
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Following a big victory Wednesday over Arkansas State, the buzz phrase for the Purdue men's basketball team was "team ball."

The Boilermakers dished out 21 assists and held the Red Wolves to 30-percent shooting from the field.

Purdue is one of seven teams in the nation to hold at least three opponents to 43 points or fewer. The team also handled the ball better than in a loss to North Florida, committing just ten turnovers for the game.

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There's an old notion in close games that the team with the last shot can win. For most of Saturday's game, the outcome seemed likely to be determined by which team had a cold streak last.

So when North Florida made seven of its last nine shots and Purdue missed eight consecutive attempts in the last three minutes, the Ospreys walked away with a 73-70 victory.

"Everything that could go wrong for us in the last two minutes did," Purdue Coach Matt Painter said after the game.

Purdue Edges NC State 66-61 In ACC-Big Ten Challenge

Dec 3, 2014
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When Purdue starts Big Ten Conference play at the end of this month, there are going to be a lot more games like this.

A physical contest that got chippy in the second half went to the Boilermakers Tuesday as they held off North Carolina State in the West Lafayette matchup of the ACC-Big Ten Challenge.

Purdue Men Go To 3-0, But Tougher Schedule Awaits In Maui

Nov 20, 2014
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A major factor in several losses for Purdue's football team this year has been the team's deficits -- not on the scoreboard, but in personnel. A Boilermaker math major might make an equation out of it: fewer athletes means fewer wins.

Men's basketball coach Matt Painter has had many more years to find Big Ten-caliber athletes than has Darrell Hazell, and it's beginning to turn those deficits into dividends.

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