No. 3 Purdue runs away from Rutgers in bounce-back showing

Zach Edey scored a game-high 25 points on just eight shot attempts and No. 3 Purdue bounced back from an upset loss at Ohio State by walloping Rutgers 96-68 Thursday night in West Lafayette, Ind.Edey missed just one shot from the floor and went 11-for-11 at the foul line, leading four Boilermakers in double figures. Camden Heide came off the bench for 18 points — going 7-of-7 from the field with four 3-pointers — and Lance Jones added 17. Braden Smith kicked in 13 points, seven rebounds and five assists.Purdue (24-3, 13-3 Big Ten) expanded its conference lead on Illinois to 2 1/2 games with a dominant performance on both ends. It made 58.9 percent of its field goals, including 12 of 23 3-point tries, and owned the boards 35-22.Jeremiah Williams scored 12 points and Noah Fernandes added 11 off the bench for the Scarlet Knights (14-12, 6-9), who challenged the Boilermakers for 40 minutes last month at home before falling 68-60. This one was over at halftime, when Purdue led 52-33 as it sank 17 of 27 attempts from the field against one of the nation’s top defenses.Rutgers simply lacked the firepower to keep pace. It made just 10 of 30 attempts in the first half and needed some hot shooting after halftime to finish the game at 42.6 percent. Clifford Omoruyi, who averages 11.2 points per game, managed just four in 24 minutes on 2-of-7 shooting.

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