No.13 Siena made a vailant comeback, but fourth-seeded Purdue made six straight free throws in the final 49 seconds to hold on for the 72-64 win. It was a solid effort by Purdue, which had five double-digit scorers led by JaJuan Johnson with 23 points. E'Twaun Moore added 12 points.
It looks like a Big Ten team against a MAAC team now. The Boilermakers are bullying the Saints in the paint. But Siena is hanging tough and is on a 6-0 run, trailing 66-59 with 2:06 left.
Purdue woke up in a big way, starting the second half on a 14-3 run for a 45-35 lead with 15:50 left. The Boilermakers drained three of their first four threes to start the second half. If Purdue continues to stay hot on the outside, Siena could be in trouble.
Ubiles and Franklin are the only players scoring for Siena. Ronald Moore needs to assert himself a bit more.
Edwin Ubiles (11 points) and Alex Franklin (10 points) shot a combined 8-for-15 in the first half for Siena. But the Saints need Ryan Rossitter to get more involved. He has two fouls already, which could limit his effectiveness early in the second half.
The fourth-seeded Boilermakers are struggling on offense, shooting just 1-for-9 from three-point range and 12-for-31 overall. Purdue needs to find a way to get some offense in the paint, because the missed long range bombs will lead to a lot of Siena layups.