The Cougars and Boilermakers tipped off at 8 a.m. PST, and WSU players looked the part in the first half as they sleepwalked to a 10-point deficit.
Fortunately, Washington State was wide awake by the time the second half rolled around, and used a stellar final 20 minutes to overtake the Boilermakers, 69-54, behind 16 points, four rebounds and four assists from junior DaVonte Lacy.
D.J. Shelton got the ball rolling to begin the second half, scoring 8 of WSU's first 10 points on a drive and two 3s. Shelton was active on the defensive end as well, protecting the paint and dominating the glass. The senior forward would finish with 12 points and 6 rebounds.
It was Shelton's frontcourt mate that would star in the closing minutes. Iowa State transfer Jordan Railey had the best game of his career, scoring 13 points on a variety of post moves and shots. Railey's face-up drive plus one with less than four minutes to play put WSU up 57-48 and locked the game up for the Cougars.
WSU shot just 22 percent in the first half, but finished 25-56 overall and 8-20 from beyond the arc. That is good for a 51.7 effective field goal percentage. Meanwhile, Purdue was held to 37.5 effective field goal percentage.
The Cougs outscored the Boilermakers 52 to 27 in the second half in the best 20 minutes the team has played all year. After a solid performance in a loss to Butler on Thursday, things are looking more positive for WSU basketball at the moment.