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Purdue breaks school 3-point record in blowout of Vermont


Purdue breaks school 3-point record in blowout of Vermont

Purdue was cooking from 3-point range on Sunday afternoon. And doing it in record-breaking fashion.

The Boilermakers splashed home 18 3-pointers in a 107-79 win over Vermont, setting a new school record in the process, besting the 16 made 3-point shots in a game against Ohio State back in 1998.

Purdue had this one in blowout territory throughout, scoring 60 points in the first half, the highest-scoring half of the Matt Painter Era.

The Boilers shot 55.4 percent from the field and 50 percent from 3-point range.

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Purdue had four players with at least three made 3s. Dakota Mathias hit five shots from 3-point range, leading the team with 17 points. Vince Edwards had four 3-pointers, and Kendall Stephens and Ryan Cline had three made 3s apiece.

Inside the 3-point line, freshman big man Caleb Swanigan had another big game, posting his second double-double in as many collegiate contests. Swanigan finished with 14 points and 13 rebounds after scoring 11 points and grabbing 11 rebounds in the season-opening win over North Carolina A&T. The 6-foot-9, 260-pound forward also made a pair of 3-pointers.

But back to the 3s. Sunday's 18-for-36 performance followed up Friday night's 12-for-31 showing, giving the Boilers 30 made 3-pointers through two games this season.

Up next for Purdue is a game against Incarnate Word on Wednesday night.

Northwestern running back Jeremy Larkin diagnosed with cervical stenosis, will retire immediately


Northwestern running back Jeremy Larkin diagnosed with cervical stenosis, will retire immediately

Tough news out of Evanston this morning: Northwestern announced that running back Jeremy Larkin will retire immediately after being diagnosed with cervical stenosis.

Cervical stenois is the narrowing of the spinal canal in one's neck, according to Mayo Clinic. Larkin's condition is thankfully not life-threatening, though it does prevent him from continuing to participate in the game of football. 

"Football has been a lifelong passion and it has been a process to reconcile the fact I won't be on that field again, given I've played this game since I was five years old," Larkin said.

"I'm extremely appreciative of the Northwestern sports medicine and athletic training staffs for uncovering this condition, and for my coaches and the medical staff for always putting my health first.

"I came to this University to engage at the absolute highest level on the field and in the classroom, and I'm grateful for the opportunity to continue one of those while supporting my teammates from the sideline." 

Head Coach Pat Fitzgerald called the news "heartbreaking."

"This is heartbreaking because I see every day how much Jeremy loves the game, loves his teammates, and loves to compete," Fitzgerald said in a statement. "But this is the absolute best possible outcome for him.

"The discovery of this condition allowed Jeremy and his family to make an informed decision for his long-term health and well-being. For those of us who have known Jeremy Larkin since his high school days, his future is exceptionally bright. I can't wait to see the impact he makes in our world."

Larkin is a sophomore from Cincinnati. He finishes his Northwestern career with 156 carries for 849 yards and 10 rushing touchdowns.

Former Illini champion Kevin Anderson upsets Roger Federer in Wimbledon quarterfinal


Former Illini champion Kevin Anderson upsets Roger Federer in Wimbledon quarterfinal

Former University of Illinois tennis star Kevin Anderson completed a marathon upset against an all-time great on the highest stage of professional tennis.

Anderson came back from two sets down to beat Roger Federer in Wimbledon’s quarterfinals 2-6, 6-7, 7-6, 6-4, 13-11 on Wednesday morning. He will play in the semifinals of the tournament for the first time in his career.

As a native of South Africa, Anderson played three seasons with the Fighting Illini and won the NCAA doubles championship during the 2005-06 season as a sophomore. The 32-year-old was a three-time All-American in singles at Illinois.

Now, as the eighth ranked singles player on the ATP World Tour, Anderson is a force to be reckoned with at the professional level. He made it all the way to the US Open final in 2017.

The former Illini star will look to keep his recent success going when he represents Illinois in the semifinals of Wimbledon this Friday.