Stefanovic scores 23, Purdue tops Central Michigan 97-62

Sports

File image

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Sasha Stefanovic scored a career-high 23 points on 7-of-10 3-point shooting to help propel Purdue to a 97-62 romp over Central Michigan on Saturday.

Stefanovic, a sophomore guard, hit 8 of 13 shots and delivered five assists.

Trevion Williams scored 12 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for the Boilermakers (8-5). Eric Hunter Jr. contributed 16 points and six assists. Matt Haarms and Isaiah Thompson each scored 11 for Purdue.

The inside tandem of Haarms (5 of 7 shots) and Williams (5 of 8) helped give Purdue a 42-28 edge in points in the paint.

David DiLeo score 12 points for the Chippewas (7-6). Rob Montgomery and Travon Broadway Jr. each had 10 points.

The Boilermakers shot 53% in the first half en route to a 51-21 halftime lead. Purdue sank 10 of 17 3-pointers in the opening half.

Purdue, which was shooting just under 42% entering the game, shot even better in the second half, finishing at 54%.

Central Michigan shot 38% overall.

The 7-foot-3 Haarms returned to action after missing the previous two games with a concussion. Haarms hit the floor hard with about six minutes left in a loss to Nebraska. Haarms didn’t start but came in with 16:40 left in the opening half. Haarms had an immediate impact, scoring seven points in the next four minutes, delighting the crowd.

Purdue led by as many as 40 at 84-44.

BIG PICTURE

Central Michigan: The Chippewas, who scored 134 points in romp over Mississippi Valley State, were averaging 87.5 points entering the game.

Purdue: The Boilermakers, playing their final nonconference game, got a lift from returning home after a 20-day stint between home games, the longest stint in Coach Matt Painter’s 15 seasons. Purdue with a season high in points, Purdue topped its previous high of 93.

UP NEXT

Central Michigan opens Mid-American Conference play at home against Miami (Ohio) on Saturday.

Purdue plays host to Minnesota on Thursday.

Most Popular

Latest News

More News