PURDUE NIPS VCU IN EMERALD COAST NAILBITER  

Emerald Coast Classic – Semifinals
Score: Purdue 59, #20 VCU 56
Location: Niceville, Fla. (Raider Arena)
Records: VCU 6-1, Purdue 4-2

The short story: Junior forward Marcus Santos-Silva poured in a game-high 19 points, but Purdue held off a late VCU charge and hung on for the victory.

OPENING TIP

  • Despite playing most of the game matched up on 7-foot-3 Matt Haarms, Santos-Silva used an array of jump hooks and post moves to connect on all five of his first-half field goal attempts. He finished 8-of-10 from the floor on the night and added two steals
  • Seniors De'Riante Jenkins and Mike'L Simms added nine points each to the VCU cause
  • Eric Hunter Jr. and Jahaad Proctor led the Boilermakers with 12 points each

THE DIFFERENCE

  • VCU had two possessions late in the game with an opportunity to send the contest to overtime, but were unable to convert
  • In a game that featured 14 ties and 13 lead changes, VCU took a 54-53 lead – its last – on a Santos-Silva lay-in amid traffic with 2:01 remaining
  • Purdue pulled ahead 58-55 on a pair of free throws each by Proctor and Hunter Jr. The Rams were unable to answer on their final possessions
  • The Rams were ultimately undone by a season-high 21 turnovers, including 14 in the first half
  • Purdue owned a 32-24 advantage on the glass

NOTABLE

  • VCU forced Purdue, one of the nation's most sure-handed teams, into 18 turnovers. The Rams outscored the Boilermakers 15-8 off turnovers
  • The Rams shot .524 (11-of-21) from the floor in the first half
  • The two teams combined to shoot 7-of-33 from 3-point range in the game
  • Neither team led by more than seven points on the evening

NEXT UP
VCU will take on No. 17 Tennessee on Saturday at 4 p.m. (EST) in the Emerald Coast Classic Third Place game in Niceville.