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With 8:08 left and Purdue trailing 64-46, Painter decided he had seen enough and was hit with a pair of quick technical fouls to earn an ejection.
But, as they say, he got his money’s worth. Painter was not going to walk off that court without proving a point or letting the officials know how he felt. Not a chance.
“You get to that certain point, you want your team to play harder, you want your team to embrace the physicality of the game,” Painter said in his postgame press conference. “And they weren’t.”
Things didn’t change after the ejection, either. Purdue went on to lose 79-59, it first loss to Illinois in the last nine meetings.
Here’s a photo gallery of Painter’s ejection:
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