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Rutgers Men’s Hoops Struggle to Stop Edey and Purdue

The Purdue Boilermakers are in a league of their own right now. That much is clear after the nation's number three ranked team dismantled rival Rutgers 96-68 on Thursday night. In recent years, fans have grown accustomed to this battle being tight, and down to the wire. Some of the Scarlet Knights' biggest victories in the past two seasons have come at the hands of the Boilermakers. There was no buzzer-beater on Thursday, as Rutgers found itself down 19 points at the break (52-33), and couldn't create enough offense or record enough stops to mount a comeback. "We can't give up 96 points. We gave up 91 the other day," Head Coach Steve Pikiell said in his postgame comments. "Purdue is excellent and they know how to move the ball. They were a step ahead of us and Zach Edey is a problem every year." Edey was a problem, dishing out 25 points, and was a perfect 11-for-11 from the free throw line.¬† Lanes Jones also contributed 17 points for Purdue, while Camden Heide had 18 points off the bench.¬† Overall Purdue shot 59 percent from the field. Rutgers had only two players in double figures: Jeremiah Williams with 12 points, and Noah Fernandes with 11 points. Several times in the first half Rutgers was able to cut deep into the Purdue lead, including a nifty 4-0 run that saw Fernandes and Gavin Griffiths contribute back-to-back layups to cut the deficit to a single point, 22-21 with 11:16 to go. Unfortunately for Rutgers that was as close as they would get the rest of the night. Rutgers has five games remaining in the 2023-24 regular season. Starting Sunday at 12 noon Rutgers will face Maryland, and then Michigan on Thursday¬† -- both games are at Jersey Mike's Arena. The season closes March 10 at home against Ohio State. At 6-9 in the Big Ten, Rutgers needs some more victories to get back into the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament. MORE RUTGERS NEWS [select-listicle listicle_id="117026" syndication_name="these-are-the-most-common-reasons-people-end-a-relationship" description="yes"]  

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