As mentioned earlier in the countdown, Purdue is set to represent Team USA in the World University Games. To help prepare for their trip later in the month, Purdue is playing two exhibition games against Canada in Indiana this weekend. The first of these games was last night, with Purdue facing off against Team Canada in Carmel.
After trading leads in the first half, Team USA outscored Team Canada by 9 in the second half to win by a final score of 94-86. Leading the way in scoring was Isaac Haas, who had 20 points on 8 of 9 shooting from the field. Haas also had 11 rebounds, 3 blocks, 3 assists and this doozy of a dunk.
Also reaching double figures were Carsen Edwards (14), Vincent Edwards (13), P.J. Thompson (10) and Dakota Mathias (10).
While the Boilermaker-filled Team USA was able to win last night’s exhibition game, they didn’t shoot particularly well from deep and had some issues with turnovers. Purdue was one of the better three point shooting teams in the nation last season, but only hit on 6 of their 21 three pointers. Sophomore Carsen Edwards was effective from deep, hitting 4 of his 7 threes, but the rest of the team went 2 of 14 from beyond the arc. Team USA also committed 17 turnovers, matching their total number of assists.
The two teams will meet again later today at Lafayette Jefferson High School for their final exhibition game.