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Top-Ranked Purdue Holds Off Upset-Minded Wildcats, 69-61

by | Dec 20, 2022

Foster Loyer seemed to defy gravity with this aerobatic layup in the game vs. VMI. Loyer played against his younger brother, Fletcher, in the game at Purdue.


INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Zach Edey scored 29 points and grabbed 16 rebounds as top-ranked Purdue pulled away late from upset-minded Davidson, 69-61, in the Indy Classic Saturday evening from Gainbridge Fieldhouse.

Playing their 11th game in school history against the No. 1 team in the country, the Wildcats fall to 7-4 on the season. The Boilermakers remain unbeaten, improving to 11-0.

Despite the loss, Sam Mennenga paced Davidson with 14 points, while fellow captain Foster Loyer recorded his third double-double of the season with 11 points and 10 assists.

Purdue, which got to the line 37 times (28 makes) to just 11 attempts for the Wildcats, used an 8-3 spurt late to push the margin to nine, 66-57, and all but put the game out of reach.

Trailing 39-31 at the 15:42 mark, Davidson cut the deficit to one, 42-41, highlighted by 3-pointers from David Skogman and Connor Kochera, but were unable to go back in front.

The Boilermakers also got double-doubles from Caleb Furst (12 pts, 13 rebs) and Braden Smith (10 pts, 12 rebs), while Fletcher Loyer, Foster’s younger brother, added 14 points, including a 9-of-10 effort at the line.

After Purdue raced out to a 9-0 advantage, Davidson settled in and responded with a 15-5 spurt, capped by a Mennenga two-handed jam to put the Wildcats on top, 15-14.

The two teams traded buckets over the last seven minutes of the opening period as the ‘Cats trailed by just one at the half, 28-27.

Up Next
Davidson will close out non-conference play Wednesday, Dec. 21 with a 1 p.m. tip against Northeastern inside John M. Belk Arena.

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