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Purdue men's basketball coach Matt Painter had to be pleased with his team's final outing of its four-game exhibition tour of Italy on Thursday.
The Boilermakers not only got the win, but were balanced in doing so. And to make matters even better, the future looks bright for Painter's program, as the youngest Boilermakers again played well in a 108-72 victory over Amici del Campetto in Castellanza, Italy.
Purdue finished the tour with three wins and its lone loss being in teh final seconds of the second game.
Freshman guard Rapheal Davis led the Boilermakers in scoring for the third time on the tour. The Fort Wayne native scored 16 points and also pulled down nine rebounds in the win.
Davis' production was matched by backcourt mates D.J. Byrd and Terone Johnson, who also scored 16 points.
There were six Boilermakers that scored in double figures, as Purdue shot 52.4 percent from the field.
Byrd knocked down 5-of-7 shots from three-point range, including deep triples on each of Purdue’s final three possessions of the first half. Johnson was an efficient 7-of-11 (.636) from the field as well, while Davis continued his strong play with a 7-of-14 performance.
Boilermaker junior center Sandi Marcius tallied 11 points, while freshman center A.J. Hammons also had 11 and junior forward Travis Carroll chipped in with 10 points.
Marcius had the rare opportunity to play in front of his family, who travelled to Italy from his native Croatia to watch Marcius. He finished with 12 rebounds for his first double-double of the tour.
Also hitting the glass was sophomore forward Jacob Lawson, who totaled seven boards, six of which came in the second half.
Hammons and sophomore guard Anthony Johnson had six rebounds apiece for the Boilermakers.
Freshman guard Ronnie Johnson dished out 10 assists and only turned the ball over a couple of times, while scoring seven points..
Anthony Johnson tallied five assists and turned the ball over just once, while senior guard Dru Anthrop handed out four assists without committing a turnover.
The Boilermakers will travel from Milan to New York City this morning before catching a connecting flight to Chicago and finally busing to Mackey Arena this evening.