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December 4, 2013

Purdue Pounds BC

Turning Point

One of BC's most positive offensive sequences in the game occurred right before Purdue went on a huge run that blew the Eagles out of the building. Lonnie Jackson and William Magarity each picked up back-to-back offensive rebounds on the same trip down the court, and Alex Dragicevich buried a three off the second offensive board which gives BC a 20-18 lead with 10:46 to go in the half. Purdue countered by going on a 29-10 run to end the half and never looked back.

The Boilermakers' run was led by Kendall Stephens who buried two threes to get the home team going. On both of Stephens' threes the BC defense was slow to come out and guard him. The rest of the run was what can best be described as a dunk fest. Purdue had no trouble getting to the rim against the Eagles whether it was out in transition or in a half court offense. The worst of the defensive sequences for the Eagles came when Purdue center AJ Hammons got the ball in the post against Magarity. Eddie Odio came over to double Hammons, but the problem was Odio left his man Basil Smotherman wide open on the other side of the paint. Nobody on the BC defense helped Odio, and Hammons found Smotherman wide open for a dunk. The play was a microcosm of what went wrong for the BC defense all night.

What Went Right

The BC offense was clicking well early. One of the interesting things was that the BC guards and Ryan Anderson were playing a little bit of two-man ball at the top of the key and that approach worked well for the first few minutes. The BC offense went away from that approach though and started settling for threes.

The other positive sign was that Eddie Odio played as well as he has played since last season. Odio was active on the boards on both ends of the court and was a factor on defense with 3 blocks.

What Went Wrong

There's no nice way of saying it. BC's defense was atrocious from start to finish. The Boilermakers shot 55% from the field, with many of the baskets coming on dunks.

Decisive Matchup

Among other things, three point shooting was huge in this match-up. Each team made 7 three pointers, but Purdue took 13 less threes than BC did.

Biggest Surprise

BC had 8 days off leading up to this game. Word out of BC was that the team had worked on defense and toughness once it got back from a short Thanksgiving break. Instead of a looking like a well rested team, the guys looked like they were playing the third game in three days at a Holiday Tournament. The team seemed to pack it in once Purdue got ahead by double digits.

Three Stars of the Game

1.Ryan Anderson- Anderson led BC with 16 points and paced the offense early scoring 6 of the first 8 points for his team.

2.Eddie Odio-Early on in the game Odio looked like the player that he was last year.

3.Olivier Hanlan-It wasn't one of Hanlan's better games by any means, but someone has to make #3.


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