Zach Edey scored 21 points, Jaden Ivey added 19 and No. 3 Purdue beat Nicholls State 104-90
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Zach Edey scored 21 points, Jaden Ivey added 19 and No. 3 Purdue beat Nicholls State 104-90 on Wednesday.
Purdue (12-1) shot 57.4% and cracked 100 points for the first time this season.
The 7-foot-4 Edey made 7 of 8 shots and 7 of 9 free throws. Ivey was 5-for-9 from the field. Also scoring in double figures for the Boilermakers were Isaiah Thompson (15 points), Sasha Stefanovic (14) and Mason Gillis (10).
Ty Gordon led Nicholls State (8-6) with 29 points, hitting 9 of 15 3-pointers. Ryghe Lyons scored 20 points and Lattrell Jones had 18 for the Colonels.
Purdue took a 55-36 lead into halftime but allowed Nicholls State to hang around in the second half thanks to outside shooting. The Colonels shot 58% from the field after halftime and finished the game 16 of 35 (45.7%) from 3-point range.
The Boilermakers were the hotter team in the first half, shooting 59% to the Colonels’ 38%.
Trevion Williams led Purdue with 11 rebounds as the Boilermakers held a 36-32 edge. Manny Littles had 11 rebounds for the Colonels.
The Boilermakers trailed 17-11 early after Gordon sank two 3-pointers to break an 11-all tie. Purdue responded with 20 unanswered points to take a 31-17 lead. Nicholls State went more than four minutes without scoring.
Purdue: The Boilermakers had a strong shooting effort, but will likely want to brush up on their perimeter defense before Big Ten action resumes.
The Boilermakers solidified their top-five ranking in their only game this week as they end nonconference play.
Nicholls: Hosts Incarnate Word on Jan. 6.
Purdue: Returns to Big Ten action next Wednesday, hosting Wisconsin.