Early in the contest, the Commodores seemed to have things clicking while the Boilermakers were mostly clunking. Vanderbilt built a 7-2 lead on a jump shot by Damian Jones and a dunk by Wade Baldwin IV. But the Boilermakers took advantage of two incredibly quick fouls on both Jones and Josh Henderson. An A.J. Hammons layup put Purdue back on top 14-13 with 10:43 left in the first half. Vandy would battle back and a Nolan Cressler 3-point shot put the Dores back on top 19-14 with 8:11 before halftime and Vanderbilt would go to the locker room with a 26-23 lead.
In the second half, the foul problems would continue as both Jones and Henderson quickly picked up their fourth fouls while Boilermaker shots began to find their mark. But Vanderbilt was able to hang onto its lead for the first nearly ten minutes of the half. However, with 10:01 remaining in the game the Boilermakers took a 35-34 lead on a jump shot by Dakota Mathias.
The Boilermakers then continued to add to their lead while Commodore shots fell off target and turnovers along with fouls continued to mount. Caleb Swanigan's jump shot with 4:52 remaining put the home team on top 49-40. Jones came back in and his dunk pulled the Dores to within seven, but Damian's fifth foul took him out of the game. Henderson did his best but was clearly exhausted. The final moments of the game saw Baldwin, Jones and Henderson all on the bench with five fouls. Purdue was able to cruise to a win over the Commodores, gaining revenge for last year's Vandy win in Memorial.
Baldwin scored 13 points and Jeff Roberson had 12 points. Jones was held to just six points.
A.J. Hammons led the Boilermakers with 21 points.
Vanderbilt shot just 34.9 percent from the field, 31.3 percent from 3-point range and 54.5 percent from the line. The Commodores were out-rebounded 43-34. Both teams had 11 turnovers.
Vanderbilt falls to 7-4 with the loss while Purdue improves to 12-1. Next up for the Commodores is Western Michigan on Wednesday, December 30 at Memorial Gym.
For VandyMania.com and Scout, this is Don Yates.