Purdue leads N.C. State at the half

N.C. State big man DJ Burns, who dropped 29 points in last weekend’s upset against Duke, has been quiet so far against Purdue. With 6:29 remaining in the first half, he has 4 points and 2 fouls.

Purdue coach Matt Painter was asked about it during a timeout.

“He’s made a couple real nice plays,” Painter said. “He hasn’t gotten it as much as he normally does. But we just want to push the ball when we have opportunities, and then if not, just establish Zach (Edey) on the block.” 

North Carolina State forward DJ Burns Jr. #30 shoots over Purdue center Zach Edey #15 during the first half on Saturday.David J. Phillip / AP

Edey, an All-American center, has been major. He has 12 points and 5 rebounds thus far.

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