Bloomington, Ind. – Purdue Coach Matt Painter could see what was unfolding.
As Indiana jumped out to a quick lead Wednesday, Painter slammed his clipboard to floor in disgust during one timeout. Minutes later, he got into a brief barking match with an official after Earl Calloway said something Painter objected to near the Purdue bench after making a 3-pointer.
The second half featured more of the same. Another Purdue 30-second timeout resulted in a second smashed clipboard and a broken marker. Even a Painter technical foul midway through the half did little to inspire his team in front of 17,287 at Assembly Hall.
Finally, with Indiana leading by 14 midway through the second half Painter turned to his bench said, "We don't play hard…they play hard!"
Painter might have seen what was unfolding but he could do little stop it. Indiana jumped to a 12-point halftime lead, pushed it to as much as 31 in the second half thanks to 68 percent shooting after intermission, and eventually settled for an 85-58 dismantling of the Boilermakers.
Indiana improved to 11-4 overall and 2-1 in the Big Ten, while Purdue slipped to 12-5 and 1-2.
It was Indiana's 11th win over Purdue in the last 13 meetings, its seventh straight in Bloomington, and the most lopsided Hoosier victory since 1992.
"I thought Indiana played harder, were smarter, they were quicker to the basketball," Painter said. "They just flat kicked us."
Everything went right for Indiana. A.J. Ratliff, who had missed the last two games with a torn ligament in his left wrist, was a perfect 6-of-6 shooting, including four 3-pointers, on his way to a 16-point effort in just 18 minutes. Joey Shaw added a team-high 19 points in 18 minutes off the bench, including 14 in the second half alone. They led a group of Hoosier reserves that outscored the Boilermakers' bench 46-8 while making 15-of-`19 shots.
Indiana also forced Purdue into 18 turnovers and limited Purdue's leading scorer Carl Landry to just six shots and 13 points in 32 minutes.
"It was a solid win and a solid performance," said IU Coach Kelvin Sampson. "Our defense was solid throughout."
It was a solid effort for just about everyone on the Hoosier roster. While Shaw and Ratliff led the Hoosiers in scoring off the bench, D.J. White contributed eight points and five of the Hoosiers' seven first-half blocks. Those seven blocks equaled the Boilermakers' made field goals in the game's opening 20 minutes.
Armon Bassett added 11 first-half points before sitting out most of the second half with a sore hip. Calloway added 13 points and five assists, Rod Wilmont had a game-high 10 rebounds and Xavier Keeling added another seven points and two rebounds in 11 minutes.
It was the sort of effort that left those 17,000 in attendance elated, and the Purdue coach frustrated with his team's 26th straight road loss dating back to 2004.
"This team we played today doesn't have a lot of experience…but they are playing hard," Painter said. "They're battling. Have they won on the road yet? No…but the one thing I talked to our team about is, ‘have they competed on the road? Have they gone into tough venues and battled Kentucky, battled Duke, battled Butler on a neutral court? Yes.'
"This wasn't battling. They stuck it to us. You have to give them credit, but you can't let something of this nature happen to you."
But it did, and it left little doubt as to which team was the better one in this heated rivalry, at least on this night. But there was one redeeming fact for Painter and his Boilermakers after the 27-point beating.
"Hell, no one could get it on TV, so no one watched it," Painter said. "It's great. It's a hell of ploy, huh?"
D. White 4-6 0-0 8, Stemler 2-6 0-0 5, Bassett 3-7 3-4 11, Wilmont 1-4 0-0 2, Calloway 4-9 4-4 13, Suhr 0-2 2-2 2, Ratliff 6-6 0-0 16, Allen 0-0 0-0 0, M. White 1-2 0-0 2, Shaw 5-6 7-8 19, Keeling 3-3 1-2 7, Ahlfeld 0-0 0-0 0, Taber 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 29-51 17-20 85.
Watt 3-6 2-3 8, Landry 4-6 5-6 13, Teague 4-11 2-2 11, Kramer 2-7 7-8 12, Grant 2-4 2-3 6, Lutz 0-2 0-0 0, Riddell 0-1 0-0 0, Crump 1-5 0-0 2, Green 2-3 0-3 4, Uchendu 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 19-46 18-25 58.
3-Pointers: Indiana 10-20 (Ratliff 4-4, Shaw 2-2, Bassett 2-4, Stemler 1-3, Calloway 1-3, Suhr 0-1, Wilmont 0-3), Purdue 2-9 (Teague 1-3, Kramer 1-1, Lutz 0-2, Riddell 0-1, Crump 0-1, Green 0-1). Rebounds: Indiana 30 (Wilmont 10), Purdue 27 (Teague 6). Assists: Indiana 19 (Calloway 5), Purdue 6 (Landry 2, Teague 2). Turnovers: Indiana 14 (Bassett 3, Wilmont 3), Purdue 18 (Landry 4). Blocks: Indiana 9 (D. White 5, Ratliff 2, Stemler, Wilmont), Purdue 1 (Watt). Steals: Indiana 11 (Shaw 3), Purdue 6 (Kramer 2). Attendance: 17,287. Officials: Fran Connolly, Eugene Crawford, Terry Wymer.
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