There were few positives for Missouri to take away from its 82-61 loss to Purdue on day two of the Maui Invitational, but all of them came in the second half.
The Tigers scored 41 points after halftime, with Kim Anderson singling out Deuce Bello, Namon Wright and Keanau Post as sources of energy and production.
“Our goal was to win the second half,” Anderson said. “I think we probably did. When you are down as much as we were you have to find little victories.”
▪ Purdue coach Matt Painter said his team was “shell shocked” in the first half of its loss to Kansas State in the opening game of this tournament.
Clearly, it learned a thing or two from that loss.
The Boilermakers scored the game’s first seven points and never looked back.
▪ Key play: Basil Smotherman threw down a dunk in transition that gave Purdue a 29-11 lead.
▪ Key stat: Missouri made 24.1 percent of its shots.
▪ Key play: Jon Octeus hit a layup that gave Purdue a 51-21 lead.
▪ Key stat: Missouri made seven three-pointers.