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No. 2 Purdue holds Iowa 77-70 in the opening game of the Big Ten

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Jaden Ivey scored 19 points, Trevion Williams had 13 points and 18 rebounds, and No. 2 Purdue staged a late Iowa rally to a 77-70 win Friday night in the Big Ten opener for both two teams.

Mason Gillis added 12 points off the bench for Bokeh’s away game (8-0).

The Hawkeyes (7-1) are without a scorer and top scorer Keegan Murray, who injured his ankle in Monday’s win in Virginia. Murray is averaging 24.6 points and 8.9 rebounds per game. His twin brother, Kris Murray, started taking his place.

Patrick McCaffery leads Iowa with 15 points. Tony Perkins scored 14 and Murray 12 for Iowa.

The team led 63-44 to 70-68 with the score remaining 3:08 after Iowa took an 11-0 lead, blocked by three Murray pointers. Purdue led 7-2 for the rest of the run.

Purdue led to 17 before leading 39-26 at halftime.

In the first half, the team’s team shot 42% while holding Iowa to 27%, in the game Purdue shot 42% and Iowa 40%.

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BIG PICTURE

Iowa: The Hawkeyes, who are averaging 94 points in their first seven games, have struggled to score early without Keegan Murray. Their previous low score was in Monday’s 75-74 win in Virginia.

Purdue: The team’s side didn’t have the best shooting performance with 17 goals, but the hit back advantage (42-30) and the 3-point advantage proved the difference. Purdue made 8 of 19 3s while Iowa made 5 of 21.

HINT POLL

For the first time in its show’s history, Purdue was able to move up to No. 1 in the AP Top 25. No. 1 Duke lost to Ohio State on Tuesday night. The last time Purdue placed second was in 1988.

NEXT

Iowa: Host Illinois on Monday night.

Purdue: At Rutgers on Thursday night.

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