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Zach Edey, Braden Smith lead Purdue basketball to blowout win over Indiana | Yahoo Sports

Purdue basketball crushes rival Indiana, extending lead in Big Ten standings. Edey makes first career 3-pointer, finishes with 26 points.

Purdue basketball had an outstanding day on Saturday. The second-ranked Boilermakers defeated their rival 79-59 at Mackey Arena, completing a season sweep of Indiana. Zach Edey even managed to score a 3-pointer. Now, Purdue has a comfortable 2.5-game lead over Illinois in the Big Ten standings with seven regular season games remaining.

During the game, Purdue went on a 15-1 run, holding Indiana to eight straight missed shots and five turnovers. The Boilermakers never allowed their rival to recover from this, despite a slow start from 3-point range. Braden Smith, Myles Colvin, and Mason Gillis all made crucial 3-pointers, and Edey even banked in a shot from beyond the arc.

Edey's 3-pointer was the last individual item left on his checklist, adding to his impressive performance. He finished with 26 points, 13 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 blocks, and 1 steal. Smith and Kaufman-Renn also had standout performances, contributing to the team's victory.

Smith, who had struggled in previous games against the Hoosiers, scored 19 points and added 9 rebounds and 3 assists. Kaufman-Renn's impact was felt on both ends of the court, drawing fouls and making key plays. Gillis also made significant contributions with his hustle and shooting.

Overall, it was a dominant performance by Purdue, showcasing the team's depth and talent. The Boilermakers are in a strong position as they head into the final stretch of the regular season.

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