A.J. Hammons returns as Purdue defeats Incarnate Word

Purdue big man A.J. Hammons shoots against Michigan last season. Photo by Purdue Athletics.

By KEITH CARRELL ISL Correspondent A.J. Hammons played for the first time this season Wednesday night after sitting the first two games and the exhibitions. He had eight points, six rebounds, and three blocks in 15 minutes in his season debut, and helped Purdue defeat Incarnate Word 96-61. The 7-foot center came off the bench and immediately […]

Hammons sits; Purdue defeats North Carolina A&T 81-40 in opener

Purdue's A.J. Hammons fights for a rebound last season against Maryland. He did not play in the opener Friday night. Photo by Purdue Athletics.

By KEITH CARRELL ISL Correspondent Purdue rolled past North Carolina A&T 81-40 in its season opener on Friday night, but star senior A.J. Hammons didn’t play. The biggest story line for Purdue remains a mystery to those outside of the team — what has A.J. Hammons done to get sent to Matt Painter’s doghouse, and […]

Carrell: Ruminations on Purdue’s exhibition win over Northwestern Ohio

Matt Painter

By KEITH CARRELL ISL Correspondent No. 23 Purdue defeated Northwestern Ohio 92-43 on Sunday. Here are my ruminations: First thoughts on Caleb Swanigan:  The debut of “Biggie” was mostly positive, and it’s easy to see why he was so highly recruited as a ready-to-play-now power forward. Swanigan led the team in minutes and had a […]

Purdue wins third straight Big Ten game

Hammons dunk Minny

By JAMES HOWELL, Jr. ISL Purdue Writer The Purdue Boilermakers avoided the trap game that could’ve wrecked their season on Saturday night when they took down the talented, yet last place, Northwestern Wildcats in Evanston, Ill. Behind a huge game from big men A.J. Hammons and Isaac Haas the Boilermakers won the game 68-60. The […]

Crowd carries Purdue over Indiana

Rapheal Davis, 35, shoots against Indiana's Robert Johnson. Photo by Purdue Athletics.

By JAMES HOWELL, Jr. ISL Purdue Beat Writer WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — The Purdue Boilermakers truly had a sixth man on the court against their fiercest rival Indiana on Wednesday night. Of course, this is metaphorically speaking to the capacity crowd of 14,846 standing loyal behind the Boilermakers throughout the night. With the home crowd […]

Davis scores 24 as Purdue downs No. 25 Iowa

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By JAMES HOWELL, Jr. ISL Purdue Writer Saturday’s home game against the Iowa Hawkeyes was not necessarily a must win for the Purdue Boilermakers. However, with the events that occurred throughout the game, it quickly became a “you’d better win” kind of game. Win is what the Boilermakers did, by defeating the No. 25 Hawkeyes […]

Purdue drops second consecutive Big Ten game

Hammons Maryland

By JAMES HOWELL, Jr. ISL Purdue Writer The Purdue Boilermakers have not lacked fight in their first four games of the Big Ten season. After come from behind victories against Minnesota and Michigan, the Boilermakers have dropped consecutive close games _ to No. 4 Wisconsin on Jan. 7 and to No. 9 Maryland on Saturday […]

Boilermakers suffer first Big Ten loss

Purdue's Vince Edwards handles the ball during a loss to Wisconsin. From Purdue Athletics.

By JAMES HOWELL, Jr. ISL Purdue Writer The Purdue Boilermakers suffered their first conference loss of the season on Wednesday night when they traveled to No. 4 Wisconsin. The Badgers pulled away late in the game to win 62-55. Throughout the game, the Boilermakers kept pace with the Badgers and even led at a few […]

Purdue rallies to beat Minnesota in Big Ten opener

Purdue's Rapheal Davis (35)  defends against Minnesota's DeAndre Mathieu. Photo by Purdue Athletics.

By JAMES HOWELL, Jr. ISL Purdue Writer WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. _  As the new year approached, Purdue created a new beginning. The Boilermakers bounced back from three straight losses to close the non-conference season and knocked off Minnesota 72-68 Wednesday at Mackey Arena. During the first 31 minutes, it appeared the Gophers would just be […]

Sanders: Purdue worse off than Butler in transfer carousel

Purdue point guard Ronnie Johnson, shown last season against Notre Dame, has left the program.

By BROCK SANDERS ISL Correspondent INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana schools have been hit hard by transfers recently. I already wrote about Austin Etherington and Jeremy Hollowell leaving IU, but it was also announced that sophomore guard Ronnie Johnson would transfer from Purdue and freshman center Nolan Berry would leave Butler. I am a little nervous for […]