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No. 24 Purdue routs Robert Morris men's basketball team

| Friday, Nov. 23, 2018, 7:18 p.m.
Robert Morris’s Koby Thomas, right, is defended by Purdue’s Eric Hunter Jr., left, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Friday, Nov. 23, 2018, in West Lafayette, Ind. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
Robert Morris’s Koby Thomas, right, is defended by Purdue’s Eric Hunter Jr., left, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Friday, Nov. 23, 2018, in West Lafayette, Ind. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
Robert Morris’s Charles Bain is defended by Purdue’s Grady Eifert during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Friday, Nov. 23, 2018, in West Lafayette, Ind. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
Robert Morris’s Charles Bain is defended by Purdue’s Grady Eifert during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Friday, Nov. 23, 2018, in West Lafayette, Ind. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
Purdue’s Carsen Edwards, right, goes up for a shot against Robert Morris’s Malik Petteway, left, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Friday, Nov. 23, 2018, in West Lafayette, Ind. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
Purdue’s Carsen Edwards, right, goes up for a shot against Robert Morris’s Malik Petteway, left, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Friday, Nov. 23, 2018, in West Lafayette, Ind. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
Robert Morris’s Josh Williams goes to the basket against Purdue’s Ryan Cline during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Friday, Nov. 23, 2018, in West Lafayette, Ind. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
Robert Morris’s Josh Williams goes to the basket against Purdue’s Ryan Cline during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Friday, Nov. 23, 2018, in West Lafayette, Ind. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
Robert Morris head coach Andrew Toole questions a call during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Purdue, Friday, Nov. 23, 2018, in West Lafayette, Ind. Purdue won 84-46. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
Robert Morris head coach Andrew Toole questions a call during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Purdue, Friday, Nov. 23, 2018, in West Lafayette, Ind. Purdue won 84-46. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Ryan Cline has turned into a key performer for Purdue.

Cline made five 3-pointers on his way to 17 points, and the 24th-ranked Boilermakers routed Robert Morris, 84-46, on Friday.

Malik Petteway led Robert Morris with 10 points. The Colonials (3-3) shot 31.5 percent (17 for 54) from the field.

Cline was 6 for 10 from the field in his sixth straight start to begin the year. The senior guard is averaging 14.3 points after making just seven starts over his first three seasons in the program.

“(Cline) can really shoot the basketball, obviously,” coach Matt Painter said. “He’s becoming a real good defender. I think he did a good job with that (Friday), but he has to be consistent in that area. When you move (from rotation) player to his spot, you have to be accountable across the board.”

Carsen Edwards led Purdue with 19 points, helping the Boilermakers (5-1) bounce back from their first loss of the season Sunday night against No. 13 Virginia Tech. Edwards was 5 for 17 from the field against the Colonials but also contributed five assists, four steals and a blocked shot.

Purdue used an 11-0 run to open a 59-28 lead with 10 minutes, 47 seconds left in the second half. The Boilermakers led by as many as 43 points.

“I think we have good stretches, and we have bad stretches,” Painter said. “We’re really trying to search for some consistency. We had stretches where we didn’t do a good job of executing. I was pleased once again with our rebounding. That’s probably the most consistent part for us.”

The bigger Boilermakers enjoyed a 43-27 rebounding advantage and made 20 of 23 foul shots, compared to 8 for 10 at the line for the Colonials.

“Our shot selection isn’t good at times because we go too quick in a possession,” Painter said. “When we do show poise and execute, I think we’ve been pretty good offensively. We have to keep putting ourselves in position to win games.”

Cline went 5 for 7 from 3-point range.

“We wanted to see how we bounced back from that loss, which a team has to do to push forward,” Cline said.

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