WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — No. 1 Purdue basketball tips off for the first time in 2023 on Monday night in a matchup against Rutgers at Mackey Arena. The Boilermakers are 13-0, including a 2-0 mark in Big Ten play.
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7:54 p.m. ET, HALFTIME — Ethan Morton gets an open look from the 3-point line at the buzzer, but the ball rims out. Rutgers leads Purdue 34-24 at the break as Cliff Omoruyi leads all scorers with 11 points. Braden Smith and Mason Gillis each have seven.
7:48 p.m. ET — Rutgers calls for a timeout as its lead shrinks to six points. Purdue is 9-of-10 from the line. Zach Edey is just 1-of-3 from the floor after dealing with foul trouble this half.
7:42 p.m. ET, UNDER 4 — Fouls piling up for Rutgers near the end of the first half. Purdue trails 27-20 with 3:35 left before halftime, but the team has made all six of its shots from the free-throw line.
7:39 p.m. ET — Purdue calls a timeout as Rutgers takes a 25-18 lead thanks to a 10-0 run. The Boilermakers have five turnovers in the last four minutes. Mason Gillis snaps the scoring drought with an offensive rebound followed by a reverse layup underneath the basket.
7:31 p.m. ET, UNDER 8 — Rutgers has a 19-18 lead over Purdue with 7:12 left in the first half. The Boilermakers have made just two of their last 11 shots, and the Scarlet Knights are implementing a zone defense.
7:29 p.m. ET — Braden Smith knocks down a 3-pointer in rhythm, Purdue's second deep shot of the game. The Boilermakers are shooting just 29% from the field but hold a 1-point advantage.
7:25 p.m. ET — Cliff Omoruyi drills a 3-pointer to give Rutgers its first lead since the start of the game. The talented big man has a game-high five points in the first 10 minutes.
7:23 p.m. ET — Zach Edey at the free throw line as Purdue finds itself in the bonus with just under 12 minutes to play before halftime. The Boilermakers haven't scored a field goal in the last four-plus minutes.
7:20 p.m. ET, UNDER 12 — Purdue has a 9-8 lead over Rutgers with 11:54 to play in the first half. Both teams are shooting under 30% so far, a combined 6-of-25 from the floor.
7:15 p.m. ET — Braden Smith fouled on a shot attempt inside the paint. Both Caleb McConnell and Brandon Newman were called for technical fouls after the play.
7:11 p.m. ET — Brandon Newman knocks down his first 3-pointer of the game after checking into the game. He had a season-high 18 points for the Boilermakers in their win over Florida A&M last week.
7:07 p.m. ET UNDER 16 — All tied up between Purdue and Rutgers at the first media timeout. Both teams slow out of the gates offensively. It's 4-4 with 15:49 left in the first half.
7:04 p.m. ET — Purdue is 0-for-2 from the 3-point line early on, but Zach Edey continues to be a force on the offensive glass. He pulls in a loose ball and gets the first points on the board for the Boilermakers.
7:03 p.m. ET — Caleb McConnell gets the first basket of the game, putting Rutgers ahead before Purdue can knock down a shot.
Tipoff — Rutgers wins the tip, and Zach Edey is called for an early foul as Cliff Omoruyi looks for space underneath the basket. The Scarlet Knights get two opportunities near the paint to get shots to fall, but no points to show for it.
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