The Boilermakers (8-6) were led by interim coach Brian Brohm after his brother, Jeff, left at the end of the regular season to take Louisville’s head coaching job. Ryan Walters, formerly the defensive coordinator at Illinois, will now take over as Purdue’s coach.
Fletcher Loyer scored a season-high 22 points and fellow freshman Braden Smith made four free throws in the last 28 seconds of overtime to give Purdue (10-0, 2-0 Big Ten) two straight wins to open conference play for the first time since 2017-18.
The Saint Francis women’s basketball team opened up a Cougars double-header with Spring Arbor with a, 67-57, victory on Saturday afternoon. Cougars men’s basketball followed that performance up with a dominant, 80-53, win over Spring Arbor.