INDIANAPOLIS — Whatever lessons might have come from Purdue’s difficult trip east clearly resonated Saturday at the final Crossroads Classic, as the third-ranked Boilermakers rolled over Butler, 77-48.
Purdue played some of its best defense of the season, holding the Bulldogs to just 25-percent shooting during a first half after which it led by 18. The Boilermakers led by as many as 36 in the second half.
Jaden Ivey led Purdue with 22. He was 6-of-6 from three-point range.
Purdue shot 55-plus percent from the floor and Butler shot around 30. The Boilermakers were 11-of-22 from three-point range.
Zach Edey added 14 off the bench, as Trevion Williams started at center for the first time this season.
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