Hammons returns in Purdue’s easy win

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INDIANAPOLIS (November 18, 2015) — A.J. Hammons made his season debut and No. 21 Purdue smashed visiting Incarnate Word 96-61 Wednesday night.

Hammons, who’d missed the Boilermakers lone exhibition game and their first two games of the regular season, came off the bench with 14:22 remaining in the first half.  He made his first three shots and finished with eight points, six rebounds and three blocks in 15 minutes.

“It was tough,” Hammons said of his time sitting out.  “I was mad, but it was just some business I had to handle.”

“Hopefully A.J. can learn from this and continue to take care of his business,” head coach Matt Painer said.  “He did a good job tonight impacting the game, but Isaac Haas was the best player on the floor tonight,” Painter added.

Haas turned in a double-double, scoring 17 points and pulling down 12 rebounds.  The big man added four blocks.

“I think all the scoring inside is good for us,” Haas said.  “I think they respected our guards a lot.  I know their coach said something about the fact that we set a school record last game for 3’s (18), so they decided to guard our guards.”

Purdue (3-0) now heads to Connecticut for the Hall of Fame Tip-Off Finals.  It plays Old Dominion on Saturday and either Florida or Saint Joseph’s on Sunday.

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