Purdue clicks on offense

Purdue's offense was firing on all cylinders on Wednesday.

WEST LAFAYETTE -- Breaking the 100-point mark seemed to be the only struggle Purdue. Stuck at 99 points, the Boilermakers kept hitting the rim

Purdue had its way with Central Connecticut State, efficiently move the ball offensively and thriving in transitions. On the other end of the court, the Boilermakers' defense showed its strides in totaling 33 defensive rebounds by playing tougher down low.

There were major differences tonight on both offense and defense from last Week's game against Northern Kentucky. The offenses' cohesiveness and the return of center A.J. Hammons played very important roles in the Boilermakers' breakout game.

Watching the seven-foot center block seven shots in his return from a three-game suspension, it was obvious that Hammons' presence along with the Purdue defense was undeniably felt by CCSU.

The success Purdue enjoyed defensively helped produce the smoothness and ease of the offense tonight. Working to the rim with a reckless abandon, Terone Johnson sparked the balance Coach Painter wanted to see in his offense leading the Boilermakers to its blowout win.

"For the most part we need balance in what we do," head coach Matt Painter said. "We need to drive the ball, we need to get the ball inside, we need to play in transition, and we have to be patiently aggressive to be able to make the defense break down."

Johnson lead Purdue with 17 points in his race to the rim by being "patiently aggressive" in the paint, something Purdue lacked against Northern Kentucky in last Friday's contest.

Purdue was able to show its persistence by working hard in the paint, and it caused plenty of problems for the Blue Devils.

CCSU head coach Howie Dickenman said: "Purdue played with a blue collar mentality."

Putting Purdue's offense into terms, Dickenman felt Purdue's demeanor was a big reason it finished strong with a committee scoring in the double digits.

The evenly-distributed amount of playing time the players got was another reason that four players scored double digits.

"The minutes were pretty even and we just have to continue to share the basketball," Painter said.

There were plenty of red flags in the Boilermakers' opener. On Wednesday, all concerns were downplayed. It was all efficient for Purdue.

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