Thursday, November 22, 2012

Basketball Recap: Purdue 66 - UNCW 40

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!  Why are you reading this instead of watching football, drinking beer, eating pumpkin pie and hanging out with your family?  Why am I writing this instead of watching football, drinking beer, eating pumpkin pie and hanging out with my family? It's going to be a short one.

The Boilers survived a scare in this one as they took only a one point lead with a Terone Johnson 3-pointer to end the first half.  However, Matt Painter put a charge in his troops as Purdue held the Seahawks to 12 second half points for the much needed win.  With toss-up games against Clemson and Xavier coming up in the next week, it was vital to remember how to win again.  Solid second-half efforts are becoming the trend for this team, however this time, it wasn't close enough to blow it at the end.

Terone Johnson led the team with 19 points and it's great to see him finally healthy.  Also among the highlights is Jacob Lawson play, as he put in 17 energetic minutes and seemed like he was everywhere with 2 monster blocks.  You don't often see someone who scored zero points be among the highlights, but Lawson is really endearing himself to the Purdue faithful.  But the best highlight of all was 20-24 from the free throw line!  Maybe they shot better because it was an inferior team and there was less pressure, but it's great to see these guys convert at the line.  Imagine what the first half score would have been if they didn't shoot 8 for 9 from the stripe!

As I mentioned, this was a quick one due to the holiday.  The only other thing I'd like to point out is Kirk's unbelievable streak of picking 7 consecutive games wrong against the spread.  That is something that's in the 99th percentile of improbability....let's see how long this streak continues and hope he keeps picking against Purdue!

Boiler Up! Happy Thanksgiving!

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