Zach Edey scored 19 points on 9-of-10 shooting in his collegiate debut and Purdue fended off Liberty 77-64 in the opener of the Space Coast Challenge on Wednesday night. Edey, a 7-foot4 freshman, led four Boilermakers into double-figure scoring with Jaden Ivey adding 12 and Aaron Wheeler and Brandon Newman 10 each. Purdue shot nearly 60% from the floor (31-of-53), owned the boards 30-24 and outscored the Flames 36-14 in the paint.
Purdue coach Matt Painter is excited about the Boilermakers' potential heading into the season. As Purdue begins its quest for its 25th Big Ten Championship on Wednesday against Liberty at the Space Coast Challenge in Melbourne, Fla., Painter will be looking to bring along a young roster that includes seven scholarship freshmen and sophomores. The lack of experience has Purdue not in the preseason AP Top 25 for the first time since the start of the 2014-15 season.