Matt Painter ejected as Illini rout Boilers
By Michael Osipoff 648-3137 or email@example.com February 13, 2013 10:28PM
Sam McLaurin brings in a rebound — one of his specialties — against Purdue during Wednesday’s victory in Champaign. | Darrell Hoemann~AP
Updated: March 15, 2013 1:44PM
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Illinois had apparently had enough with eight.
And with 8:08 left, Purdue coach Matt Painter apparently had seen enough — of this game, and probably of this season.
With his frustration seemingly, um, boiling over, Painter got ejected when he picked up two technical fouls in rapid succession, continuing to jaw emotionally as he was escorted from the court.
The outcome was long decided, but Painter was not around to witness the conclusion of the Illini dominating the Boilermakers 79-59 on Wednesday night at Assembly Hall, ending Purdue’s eight-game win streak in the series that dated to Feb. 8, 2009.
“You get to that certain point, you want your team to play harder, you want your team to embrace the physicality of the game. And they weren’t,” Painter said when asked about his ejection, adding he was unhappy with the way A.J. Hammons was getting “wailed on.” “You’re just trying to get your team going.”
The Boilermakers never did.
Illinois (18-8, 5-7 Big Ten) outrebounded Purdue (12-13, 5-7) 44-34 — including 21-13 in the first half, with 11 of its whopping 20 offensive boards — and the Boilermakers committed 17 turnovers, including 10 in the first half.
Illinois pushed its lead to as many as 25 points.
“They were quicker to the basketball,” Painter said. “They were able to establish that really from the first couple possessions. … It snowballed from there. Their effort was a lot better than ours.
“It wasn’t like we were going to box out and they were beating us to the punch; we weren’t even boxing out. It’s just a fundamental thing. … The fact that they had energy and they were making hustle plays on top of that, it just puts you in a bad position.”
Terone Johnson had 18 points for Purdue. Hammons and D.J. Byrd had 10 each.
D.J. Richardson continued his high level of production for Illinois, scoring 18 points, having averaged 17.0 in the previous six games. Tracy Abrams had 13 and seven assists, Tyler Griffey 12, and Joseph Bertrand nine and 12 rebounds. Sam McLaurin; and Myke Henry, having entered the game averaging 3.1 points in 10.3 minutes, were among the Illini players with eight, with each scoring all eight in the first half.
“We didn’t play hard enough, obviously we didn’t play well enough, and really it’s unacceptable,” Painter said. “I’m tired of hearing the fact that we’re young; I’m tired of hearing that. They’re 18, 19 years old, they’ve played major college basketball here for three, four months, it’s not that big a deal; it really isn’t. It’s a young game; you just can’t be immature, and we’re immature.”
Illinois took a 31-18 lead with 6:36 left in the first half, as McLaurin scored off his offensive rebound, before Bertrand snagged another one to set up McLaurin’s dunk. The Illini led by as much as 38-22 in the first half, with 2:51 left, as Henry scored five straight points, including a 3-pointer off the Boilermakers’ 10th turnover.
Purdue actually had scored the game’s first four points — all by Hammons, as the Boilermakers made an especially concerted effort in the early going to get the ball inside to their freshman big man — before Illinois scored eight straight.
Byrd’s 3-pointer — his first basket in three games, as he had gone 0-of-7, all on 3s, in the previous two games — with 12:03 left in the first half drew the Boilermakers to 19-16. The Illini took a 43-29 advantage into halftime.