During the three-game skid, the offense has lagged behind.
The senior will be a game-time decision Thursday against IL. In 35 minutes, he collected 27 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals and 3 threes with 0 turnovers. With six wins in its last eight games, Penn State is on the bubble for the NCAA tournament and receiving national attention.
Penn State gave Purdue all they could handle at Keady Court, despite getting into some early found trouble. We knew who our top rebounder was going to be.
Purdue opened the second half with a 7-0 run to take a 39-36 lead just over two minutes into the frame.
The Boilermakers had built a five-point lead, 13-8, in the first five minutes, but the Nittany Lions roared back with a 10-2 run to go up 18-15. The advantage came even as Watkins, Garner, and Bostick picked up two fouls.
Carsen Edwards was fantastic throughout, finishing with 27 points on 9-of-19 shooting and hurting Penn State down the stretch with his driving ability. The Nittany Lions had seven at halftime but had six miscues early in the second half to help fuel the Boilermakers' run. Purdue plays two more games in the coming week before heading to New York City for the Big Ten Tournament, which begins on February 28. Purdue responded with a dunk in traffic from Edwards and huge 3 from Ryan Cline, his first basket in four games, to retake the lead with just less than five minutes left. Watkins missed the first and the Boilers held on for a victory.
Penn State shot 50% from the field and 50% from three and out-rebounded Purdue 17-13 in the first half. The sophomore had a hand in that, as well, scoring 10 points in the first seven minutes of the second half to propel his team in front.
The losses piled have up for Purdue - three in a row on the Boilers' record. The 6-foot-1 guard scored in double figures for the 12th straight game.
The Boilermakers are simply giving their opponents too many second chances points.
Every coach preaches the mantra of "being ready when your time comes", and for Purdue junior forward Grady Eifert that meant Sunday.
Shep Garner made his presence felt throughout tonight's game, draining several clutch three-pointers for Penn State.
Junior Andrew Sturtz became the second Nittany Lion in program history to reach the 100-point milestone as he collected a goal and an assist to lead No. 16 Penn State past Michigan State, 3-2, in Big Ten men's ice hockey Saturday at Munn Ice Arena. Purdue's senior class is now 6-0 against Penn State.
Purdue basketball will be without perhaps its best all-around player as it attempts to break a three-game losing streak tonight.
Penn State extended its lead after a strong play in the corner by sophomore Liam Folkes, who won a battle and sent the puck to Kerr at the left point.