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Purdue upset: Boilers hand defending champ Virginia first loss of season

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Posted at 9:19 PM, Dec 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-04 21:19:38-05

WEST LAFAYETTE — Mackey Arena can be a tough place for a visiting team to win in, even if that team is the defending national champs, unbeaten this year and ranked fifth in the nation.

That's the lesson Virginia learned Wednesday in West Lafayette. Purdue came away with a decisive 69-40 win to improve their record to 5-3.

The Cavaliers, shooting just 37%, had no answer all night for Purdue's defense. The Boilermakers held a 32-17 advantage in the first half and 37-23 in the second. Purdue forced 16 Virginia turnovers.

Sasha Stefanovic led the Boilermakers with 20 points.

Purdue is next in action at home on Sunday against Northwestern.