Welcome to the first and only meeting between Iowa and Purdue this year. This is the 159th meeting between the schools in a series that began 106 years ago. Purdue leads 86-72.
The Boilermakers (15-13, 5-10 Big Ten) have won nine of the last 11 meetings between the schools, but the No. 19 Hawkeyes (19-9, 8-7_ won the last game, 58-48. The teams are scheduled to play just once next year as well, this time at Mackey Arena.
The teams enter the game on three-game losing streaks. Iowa's began eight days ago with a hard-fought 79-74 loss to Wisconsin. Minnesota's strong outside shooting stopped Iowa 95-89 last Tuesday, and the Hoosiers topped the Hawkeyes 93-86 at Assembly Hall.
Purdue ran into a 3-point shooting buzzsaw in a 94-79 defeat to Michigan State two weeks ago. Nebraska blew out Purdue 76-57 in Lincoln, and Big Ten champion Michigan rallied to beat the Boilermakers 77-76 in overtime on Wednesday.
The teams originally were supposed to play Saturday, but the game was pushed back one day. Iowa's make-up date with Indiana was shoehorned into Thursday night, so Purdue agreed to move the game. Otherwise Iowa would have played three games in five days.
"I think if we were in the same position, we'd hope they'd help us," Purdue Coach Matt Painter said. "So I thought it made sense to move it back."
Purdue also was in favor of getting an extra day between games. The Boilermakers took off Thursday rather than practice.
"It would have been the third time we would have had three games in a week in Big Ten play," Painter said. "I think we're the only team in this conference to do that, and we've done it two years in a row. So we moved a game one more day."
Today's starters for Iowa: Melsahn Basabe, Devyn Marble, Adam Woodbury, Mike Gesell, Aaron White. Today's starters for Purdue: A.J. Hammons, Ronnie Johnson, Terone Johnson, Rapheal Davis, Kendall Stephens.
Officials: Mike Sanzere. Larry Scirotto, Bill Ek.
Announcers: Stephen Bardo, Mike Couzens
Iowa finished the first half on a 15-5 run to lead 50-37 at halftime.
The Hawkeyes scored on their final seven possessions to reach the 50-point barrier in a half for the fifth time in league play. Iowa connected on 18 of 33 shots and knocked down four of its last five attempts. The last score was a reverse layup by Melsahn Basabe with 1 second left.
Iowa hit only 2 of its first 11 shots, but knocked down 16 of its final 22. Devyn Marble scored 13 points to extend his status as the only Big Ten player to put up double digits in every league game. Mike Gesell and Aaron White each added nine, while Gabe Olaseni scored six and grabbed five rebounds.
Purdue's Rapheal Davis scored 13 points, one point shy of his season high.
IOWA CITY – No. 19 Iowa ended a three-game losing streak to outlast Purdue 83-76 Sunday afternoon at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
The Hawkeyes (20-9, 9-7 Big Ten) sank seven of their final eight free throws inside of 50 seconds to secure the victory. Devyn Marble led the Hawkeyes with 21 points and five assists. Mike Gesell and Aaron White each scored 15 for Iowa, with White also grabbing 10 rebounds.
Purdue (15-14, 5-11 Big Ten) erased a 50-37 Iowa halftime lead with crisp execution to begin the second half. The Boilermakers steamed back into the game on a 12-2 run, highlighted by three baskets from Kendall Stephens. The Hawkeyes stumbled offensively, scoring on just five of their first 19 second-half possessions.
The Boilermakers took a 64-60 lead with 11:17 left, but went eight consecutive trips without a score, including five with turnovers.
Iowa rallied with an 8-0 run, highlighted by an Aaron White 3-pointer to retake the lead at 65-64.
Iowa finished the first half on a 15-5 run that extended a three-point lead to 50-37 at halftime. The Hawkeyes scored on their final seven first-half possessions, highlighted from nine points by Marble. After a 2-for-11 start, Iowa connected on 16 of its final 22 shots of the first half.
Rapheal Davis led Purdue with a season-high 18 points, including 13 in the first half.
Purdue outrebounded Iowa 40-33, but the Hawkeyes sank 26 of 36 free throws. Iowa collected 12 steals, committed just five turnovers and scored 18 points of Purdue’s 16 turnovers.
The Boilermakers have lost four straight gamesNOTES: The teams originally were supposed to play Saturday, but the game was pushed back one day after Iowa’s game at Indiana was postponed nine days because of a falling metal facing at Assembly Hall. … Devyn Marble scored 21 points to remain the Big Ten’s only play to score in every league game this year. Marble passed Jess Settles to move into seventh place on Iowa’s all-time scoring list with 1,620 career points. … Iowa’s 83 points was the first time either team surpassed 80 in the series since 2003.