MILWAUKEE — Isaac Haas, a 7-foot-2 center, scored 22 points, and No. 19 Purdue capitalized on its size advantage in the paint to beat Marquette 86-71 on Tuesday night.
Carsen Edwards had 15 points, while Vince Edwards added 10 points and eight rebounds for the Boilermakers (3-0). They held distinct edges in rebounding (34-23) and points in the paint (30-12).
Good ball movement and improved outside shooting helped Purdue build a double-digit lead for much of the second half after leading by two at halftime. Coach Matt Painter’s club started the second half 3 of 4 from 3-point range after going 1 of 8 in the first.
Andrew Rowsey scored 25 points, while Markus Howard added 24 for Marquette (1-1) before fouling out with 5:20 left. Howard, the nation’s leader in 3-point shooting last season (54.7 percent), went 4 of 8 from behind the arc against Purdue.
But the Boilermakers were tough to stop after they started complementing their inside game with outside shooting.
Carsen Edwards’ 19-footer from the corner gave Purdue a 13-point lead with 6:45 left.
Purdue: Haas and 7-3 freshman Matt Haarms combined to shoot 11 of 19 for the game and 6 of 11 in the first half. It’s an enviable 1-2 inside combo that should especially come in handy when rough-and-tumble Big Ten play begins.
Marquette: Coach Steve Wojciechowski’s Golden Eagles can pile up points quickly in bunches, as evidenced by an 11-2 run over the final 2:41 of the first half to narrow an 11-point gap. The Golden Eagles were most effective with a smaller but quicker lineup with 6-8 swingman Sam Hauser guarding Haas in the second half before Purdue started hitting from the outside. Marquette will add more height to its roster in mid-December when 6-11 center Harry Froling, an SMU transfer, becomes eligible.