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Purdue suspends junior for opener

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Purdue has suspended junior wing Basil Smotherman for its season opener due to a violation of team rules, the school announced Wednesday evening.

Smotherman will also miss the team’s closed scrimmage against Western Virginia and an exhibition against Southern Indiana before watching the season-opener against McNeese State.

The Boilermakers did not specify what the violation entailed.

“We hold our players to high standards and when they don’t meet those standards, there will be consequences,” Purdue coach Matt Painter said in a statement. “Basil knows he made a mistake and will learn from it.”

Smotherman redshirted last season with Purdue’s depth chart blocking potential minutes for him. He averaged  3.8 points and 2.8 rebounds through the first two seasons of his career. He will be able to travel and play with the team during their foreign trip to Spain this summer, according to the Journal & Courier.

McNeese State went 11-20 last season.

Swanigan staying for sophomore season

Purdue's Vince Edwards (12), Purdue's Caleb Swanigan (50) and Purdue's A.J. Hammons (20) celebrate during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against the Illinois in the quarterfinals at the Big Ten Conference tournament, Friday, March 11, 2016, in Indianapolis. Purdue won 89-58. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
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Purdue will once again be rolling out a formidable frontcourt in the 2016-17 season.

Boilermaker big man Caleb Swanigan is withdrawing from the NBA Draft to return to West Lafayette for his sophomore season, the school announced Wednesday.

The NBA is right there and always will be,” Swanigan said in the school’s press release, “but you always have to have patience and do what’s best for you.”

Purdue is losing 7-foot senior A.J. Hammons, but will be once again teaming Swanigan with Isaac Haas (7-2) and Vince Edwards (6-8) that will allow them to roll out a supersized lineup that is sure to be a difficult one to face off against.

The 6-foot-9, 250-pound Swanigan, who likely would have landed as a second-round pick, averaged 10.2 points, 8.3 rebounds and 1.2 assists and was a finalist for the Wayman Tisdale Award for the country’s top freshman.

“We are excited that (Swanigan) has withdrawn from the NBA Draft and will return to Purdue,” head coach said Matt Painter in a statement released by the school. “He has the potential to make a huge jump from his freshman season and will be a big part of what we do next year. He received great experience going through this process and will use the feedback he received to make him a more diverse player.”

Purdue is probably a rung down from Michigan State and Wisconsin at the top of the league, but the return of Swanigan pulls them closer to competing at the top of the league next season.

Purdue’s Swanigan heads toward NBA draft

Purdue’s Caleb Swanigan (50) gets pressure from Wisconsin’s Vitto Brown (30) during the second half of Purdue's 91-80 win in an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, March 6, 2016, in West Lafayette, Ind. (AP Photo/Robert Franklin)

Purdue freshman big Caleb Swanigan is declaring for the NBA draft, but will not initially hire an agent, the school announced Tuesday.

New NCAA rules will allow him to work out for teams and attend May’s combine before making a decision on whether or not to return to school ahead of the May 25th deadline.

The 6-foot-9 forward from Fort Wayne, Ind. put up solid numbers during his first season in West Lafayette, averaging 10.2 points and 8.3 rebounds along with 1.8 assists in 25.7 minutes of action per night. He shot 46.1 percent from the floor and 29.1 percent on 72 3-point attempts.

Swanigan is likely a fringe first-round candidate at best this season given a freshman season that wasn’t lights out. His block rate was a meager 0.9 percent, and he wasn’t able to stretch the floor with his shooting, which makes him a less-than-appealing draft prospect given his size.

Still, he won’t turn 19 years old for another month, and he was impressive enough during high school and his few months on campus that NBA surely will be interested in taking a look.

For Purdue, the loss of Swanigan would hit hard as he’s so well positioned to slide right in and replace the graduating AJ Hammons next season inside as they look to move on fro this year’s first-round NCAA tournament exit. Right now, Purdue hasn’t signed a big man in the 2016 recruiting class.

No. 11 Purdue beats Youngstown State 95-64, goes 11-0

Jorden Kaufman, A.J. Hammons
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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) Freshman Caleb Swanigan and senior A.J. Hammons both scored 15 points to lead four Purdue players in double figures and the 11th-ranked Boilermakers remained unbeaten with a 95-64 victory over Youngstown State on Saturday.

Hammons added 11 rebounds. Rapheal Davis and Issac Haas both scored 13 points for Purdue (11-0), which had a 54-point second half.

Matt Donlan had 19 points to lead Youngstown State (4-6).

Purdue improved to 11-0 for the first time since the 2009-10 team won its first 14. The Boilermakers have won every game by at least 12 points, pulling away from Youngstown State during the second half.

A 3-pointer from Dakota Mathias gave the Boilermakers a 76-55 lead, and a free throw from Haas extended it to 77-55 with 7:17 remaining. Two free throws by Swanigan with 4:09 to play pushed the lead to 86-59.

A layup by Hammons and consecutive dunks by Hammons and Davis gave Purdue a 61-41 lead with 12:17 remaining, prompting a Youngstown State timeout.

Tied at 18 with 8:58 remaining in the first half, Purdue closed the opening 20 minutes on a 23-12 burst, including 3-pointers from Davis and Ryan Cline, for a 41-30 lead.

Swanigan had 11 points, two rebounds and two assists for the Boilermakers in the first half, and Davis added nine points on three 3-pointers. Purdue was 6 of 11 from beyond the arc before halftime.


Youngstown State: This was the Penguins second trip ever to West Lafayette, dropping a 65-54 decision on Dec. 17, 1983. … Youngstown State was coming off a week of final exams after a 60-56 loss to American on Dec. 4. … The Penguins have not beaten a Top 25 opponent since 1952 when they defeated No. 19 La Salle 68-57.

Purdue: Boilermakers starting point guard P.J. Thompson left the game with 17:21 remaining in the first half after being poked in the right eye under the basket. … Purdue fans applauded loudly with 5:49 left in the first half when coach Matt Painter inserted the 7-foot-2 Hammons into the lineup with 7-footer Isaac Haas, the first time this season he has played the two together.


Youngstown State hosts Geneva on Tuesday.

Purdue plays Butler in the Crossroads Classic in Indianapolis on Dec. 19.

Purdue’s Rapheal Davis doubtful against Pitt

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Purdue senior guard Rapheal Davis will likely miss his second consecutive game on Tuesday night as he recovers from a sprained MCL that he suffered in practice last week.

The Boilermakers travel to unbeaten Pitt tonight to play in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge and Purdue associate SID Chris Forman said on Twitter that Davis is doubtful and couldn’t make it through practice the last few days.

While it will hurt Purdue to be without the reigning Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, Davis is apart of a pretty deep Purdue team that should still be very competitive without him. The senior also missed Purdue’s win over Lehigh on Saturday and it’s probably best to make sure he’s healthy for the Big Ten conference season as the Boilers have big aspirations.

SATURDAY’S SNACKS: No. 4 Iowa State, No. 24 Cincinnati win tournaments

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GAME OF THE DAY: No. 24 Cincinnati 61, George Washington 56

The Bearcats picked up their best win of the season in the Barclays Center as they came back in the second half to beat George Washington. Guard Troy Caupain led Cincinnati with 16 points while Farad Cobb and Kevin Johnson had 11 points each.


Nebraska 82, Tennessee 71: The Huskers had a strong performance from Tai Webster (18 points) and balanced scoring in a neutral-site win over the Volunteers. Andrew White added 15 points while Shavon Shields and Jake Hammond each finished with 11. Nebraska moves to 5-2 with the win.

No. 4 Iowa State 84, Illinois 73: The Cyclones took control of the game with a 12-2 second half run, combining an efficient offense with solid defense to beat the Fighting Illini. Georges Niang led the way for the Cyclones, who are now 5-0 on the season, with 23 points while also grabbing eight rebounds. Malcolm Hill paced Illinois with 20 points, but the loss of Mike Thorne Jr. (left knee) became an issue as the second half wore on.

Seton Hall 69, Georgia 62: The Pirates picked up a solid victory Saturday night in Newark, with an Isaiah Whitehead three in the final minute serving as the dagger. Whitehead scored 22 points and Khadeen Carrington added 20 to go along with six rebounds and three assists for the winner. Yante Maten led four Bulldogs in double figures with 18 points to go along with eight rebounds.


Gavin Ware, Mississippi State: The Bulldogs won big over Tennessee-Martin as Ware had 22 points, 10 rebounds and three assists while going 9-for-12 from the field.

Eric Washington, Miami (Ohio): The RedHawks were able to beat UCF as Washington’s go-ahead jumper with 23 seconds left was the difference. The senior guard finished with 15 points, six rebounds, six steals and three assists.

James Daniel, Howard: The nation’s leading scorer was up to his usual tricks Saturday, scoring 39 points and hitting the game-winning three-pointer in the final seconds of the Bison’s 79-77 win over William & Mary.

Kyle Collinsworth, BYU: Collinsworth, who posted six triple-doubles last season, fell just short of his first in 2015-16 in BYU’s 95-81 win over Belmont. 26 points, nine rebounds, ten assists and just two turnovers.


Bosko Kostur, Bryant: Kostur scored five points on 2-for-12 shooting in the Bulldogs’ loss at Georgetown.

Jacolby Mobley, UT-Martin: Mobley went scoreless, missing all seven shots from the field, in the Skyhawks’ loss to Mississippi State.

Wright State: The Raiders scored just ten first-half points in their 66-39 loss at George Mason, finishing the game shooting 23.1 percent from the field.


  • Robert Carter Jr. accounted for 17 points, eight rebounds and three assists as No. 2 Maryland pulled away for an 80-63 win over Cleveland State. Next up for the Terrapins is No. 9 North Carolina on Tuesday.
  • Isaac Haas scored 24 points and Vince Edwards contributed nine points, ten rebounds and seven assists as No. 16 Purdue beat Lehigh, 77-55. Johnny Hill scored 13 points off the bench for the Boilermakers.


  • Georgetown ran past Bryant as L.J. Peak finished with 20 points on 6-for-8 shooting.
  • Siena moved to 4-2 with an overtime win over Loyola (MD) as the Saints had five players in double-figures. Marquis Wright led the way with 21 points. At one point, Siena was down 15 in the second half.
  • Martez Harrison scored 25 points, 17 in the second half, as UMKC outlasted South Dakota State.
  • Penn State held off Bucknell as Brandon Taylor had 19 points and 11 rebounds.
  • Stefan Moody finished with 21 points as Ole Miss won at Bradley.
  • In a small mid-major upset, Ball State defeated Valparaiso, 69-66, as Bo Calhoun led with 15 points. Alec Peters had 28 points in a loss for the Crusaders.
  • UTEP came back from a 17-point halftime deficit to beat Colorado State 99-90 in double overtime.
  • Having already won at San Diego State this season, Little Rock went to Tulsa and beat the Golden Hurricane 64-60. Josh Hagins led the way with 17 points, ten rebounds and eight assists.
  • Bob McKillop picked up his 500th win as head coach at Davidson, with the Wildcats beating Denison College 83-70. Brian Sullivan led the way with 23 points.
  • Louisville pulled away in the second half to beat Saint Louis 77-57 in Brooklyn. Mangok Mathiang led the way with 17 points and 13 rebounds.
  • Zach LeDay (15 points, ten rebounds) and Chris Clarke (ten points, 16 rebounds) posted double-doubles as Virginia Tech beat UAB 82-77 in overtime.
  • BYU outscored Belmont 55-39 in the second half, winning by the final score of 95-81. Kyle Collinsworth led the way, Nick Emery scored a team-high 27 points and Chase Fischer added 19. Craig Bradshaw led the Bruins with 26 points.
  • UNLV took care of Prairie View A&M, 80-62, in Las Vegas. However starting big man Stephen Zimmerman left the game in the first half with a sprained ankle.
  • Reggie Uoshaw scored 17 points and Giddy Potts added 16 as Middle Tennessee beat Toledo 77-70 in the title game of the Great Alaska Shootout.