football

Peck, Simpson play big; Northern Kentucky notes

ErrickPeckisn'tdefinedbyoffensiveproduction.
HeknowshisimportancetoPurdue'steamliesinhisversatility,anabilitytodefendthepostandperimeter,tousehisstrengthandembracethegame'sphysicalityontheglassand,then,totakehisscoringopportunitiesastheycome.
PeckpickedtheperfectspotforthelatterFriday.
WithPurduetrailingbyfouranddesperatelyneedingabasketinthefinalminute,Peckcalmlydrainedathree-pointerfromthecornertocutthegapandrevivethequicklysinkingBoilermakers.
"He'ssolid,"CoachMattPaintersaidafterPurdueescapedwitha77-76victoryoverNorthernKentuckyintheseasonopener."Weneedmoreguyswhoaresolid.Attimes,youdon'tknowhe'soutthere,hejustdoeshisjob.Buthesteppeduptonightandmadeahugeshot,andobviouslyheledusinrebounding.Ifyoucanreboundonourteam,you'regoingtofindaspot....Ithinkhefitsthatvoidforus.We'vefortunatetohavehim."
Earlierintheweek,Pecksaidhisrolewouldn'tbetoscoredouble-digitpointseverynightbutinsteadto"crashtheboardshard,playpassinglanes,getsteals,getblocks."Buthequicklyadded,"Iabsolutelycanscoretheballwhennecessary."
Hewasthepictureofefficiency,too,makingfiveofhissixshotstoscore11points.
AndyethedidsomuchmoreinhisfirststartfortheBoilermakers.
WhenPurdueneededsomeonetogetestablishedontheboards,Peckdidso,grabbingsixofhisteam-highnineinthesecondhalf.Healsohadateam-hightwoblocksandaddedtwoassistsin26minutes.
"HavingErrickPeckinthere,Ithoughtheplayedreallypoised,asfarassteppinginandmakingthatshotandalsoontheglass,"TeroneJohnsonsaid."Weweregettingkilledontheoffensiveglass.Ithoughtoutofeveryone,hewastheonegettingtherebounds."
AfirmfinishJaySimpson'srolecouldchangewhenA.J.HammonsreturnstoPurdue'slineuponWednesdayafterservingathree-gamesuspension.
Butin25minutesintheopener,SimpsondidenoughtoforTeroneJohnsontosayhethoughtSimpsonwas"probablythereasonwewonthegame."
"Ithoughtheplayedgreat,"Johnsonsaid.
Simpsonmade5-of-9shots,mostlyinthepaint,andmadefourofhisfivefreethrowstoscore14points,secondonlytoRonnieJohnson'steam-high18.Simpsonalsohadsixrebounds,ablockandtwosteals.
"Itwasreallyimportant(tostepup)becauseA.J.isabigpartoftheteamsowithouthim,wereallyhadtostepupandfillinhisplace,"Simpsonsaid.
Also,inaninterestingtwist,SimpsonwaschargedwithguardingsomesmallerplayersontheperimeterbecausePurdueswitchedallscreenswhilehewasinthegame.Painterlikedwhathesawfromthe"center"inthatregard,sayingSimpsoncontainedthedribblebetterthananyoneelseonPurdue'steam.
"Theybeathimacoupletimes,butforthemostpart,hecangetinastanceandguardpeople,"Paintersaid."He'satalentedguy.Ithoughthedidagreatjob.Ourguardsaretheoneswhokeptgettingbeat.Wesimplyjusthavetosomepride,getinastanceandcontainthedribble."
UnderwhelmingTheBoilermakersallowedateamthatdoesn'thaveaplayertallerthan6-9toplayevenwiththemontheboards.
AndthatdidnotsitwellwithPainter.
"Itdoesn'tmatterhowtallyouaretoboxsomebodyout,"hesaid."Anybodywhocanplaythegameofbasketball,youmightnotbeabletoguardsomebodyone-on-oneinspacebutyoucanbeintherightposition,youcanboxsomebodyout.Youcanphysicallyhitthemandgogetthebasketball.Wehavealotofguysrightnowwhowatch.
"Ithoughtwecouldplay10or11(players),butifguysaren'tgoingtoembracethephysicalityofthegameandthey'renotgoingtomakegooddecisionsandtakegoodshots,maybewewon't.Idon'tknow.Wehavetalent,butwe'vegottohavesomedisciplineandwe'vegottohavesometoughnessandrightnowthat'snotwhereweareasateamwhenshotsgoup.Ithinkit'safunpartofbasketball,yougetachancetocracksomebodyandgogettheball,andoffensively,yougettoflyinthere."
NorthernKentuckyhad17offensiverebounds,convertingtheminto17second-chancepoints.Butitmisseditseasiestputbackofthenight-whenJakeGeislerhadapoint-blanklookinthefinalsecondthatcouldhavewonthegame.
OfPurdue's35rebounds,16wereoffensive,leadingto19second-chancepoints.PeckandSimpsoncombinedfor15oftheteam'srebounds.RaphealDavisledtheguardswithfive.
"We'rejustsimplytoocasualandtoocool,"Paintersaidofrebounding."You'llgetsteamrolledinourleagueifthat'showyouwanttoplay.Sowehavetochangethat."
Image unavailable osqizb
ClickHeretoviewthisLink.
Copyright,Boilers,Inc.2013.AllRightsReserved.Reproducingorusingeditorialorgraphicalcontent,inwholeorinpart,withoutpermission,isstrictlyprohibited.E-mailGoldandBlack.com/Boilers,Inc.
Image unavailable osqizb
Image unavailable osqizb
GoldandBlack.com Mobile for your AndroidClick GoldandBlack.com Mobile for your iPhoneClick Here to view this Link. | Here to view this Link.
Image unavailable osqizb
Image unavailable osqizb
Click Click Here to view this Link. Here to view this Link.
Edit