Boiler Upload – Purdue 74, New Orleans 53

Trey Kaufman-Renn replaces Zach Edey and Purdue wins 74-53.

New Orleans might have thought that Zach Edey losing the game with illness was a Christmas miracle, but Purdue’s defense allowed their offensive tempo to adjust and they ended the first half on a 24-2 run that shut down every Grinching hopes an upset against the #1 team in the nation.

This was Purdue’s first ever game at Mackey Arena ranked first. Zach Edey missed his first game of the season with illness.

However Purdue handled business over the Christmas break, winning comfortably, 74-53, against the New Orleans Privateers.

There’s no replacing a player averaging 22.6 points per game, 13.9 rebounds per game and 2.2 blocks per game, but Trey Kaufman-Renn did his best Edey impression in the post, scoring his first career 20-point game despite going off the bench.

Trey Kaufman-Renn had 24 points and hit the line 10 times.

It was helped by an 11-point performance by Mason Gillis and 9-point performances by Caleb Furst in just 17 minutes of play.

The problems with the Purdue shooting continue.

Purdue is still struggling to make three-point shots. After going 3-of-25 in Indianapolis against Davidson, Purdue followed that up by shooting 5-of-19 from three.

Purdue is closing in on a sub-30% mark from three as a team.

Fletcher Loyer was the only Boiler to knock down multiple threes and went 2 for 5.

Postdomain by Trey Kaufman-Renn

There was no Zach Edey to hold down the paint for Purdue, but Purdue still outscored New Orleans 38-18 in the paint.

Much of that damage came off the bench, with redshirt freshman Trey Kaufman-Renn notching a career-high 24 points. He did a good job embodying Edey’s efficiency, controlling low blocking and scoring with a variety of post moves. He was also able to get to the line, hitting 8 of his 10 free throws.

Kaufman-Renn took advantage of the extra playing time, getting 26 minutes in this one.

New Orleans Statistics

Jordan Johnson led the Privateers with 17 points on 7-of-14 shooting. He also had 4 assists and played 37 minutes.

Tyson Jackson had 14 efficient points, making 6 of 8 field goals, one three-point shot and played 33 minutes.

New Orleans was 19 for 41 from the floor. They turned the ball over 16 times to Purdue’s 8.

Gillis takes the starting lineup.

Mason Gillis told me before practice yesterday that he’d rather start. He showed.

Gillis was the starting offense for Purdue, scoring 7 of Purdue’s first 12 points, showcasing his expanded offensive arsenal. He knocked down a three, scored at half court, and hit the free throw line.

He finished the game with 11 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists.

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