STATEHOUSE - State Reps. Bob Cherry (R-Greenfield), an alum of Purdue University, honored the Purdue Boilermakers Men's Basketball team in a resolution Wednesday for taking home a share of the regular season Big Ten Championship.
The Big Ten Conference also awarded Head Coach Matt Painter with the Big Ten 'Coach of the Year' honor, which is his second in the last three seasons.
The Purdue Boilermakers (26-4) won a share of the Big Ten regular season title after knocking off the Penn State Nittany Lions, 64-60, bringing a close to the regular season. This is Purdue's first Big Ten title in 14 years.
"It is great to see Boilermaker basketball have the success it has recently had in the past couple of seasons, especially as an alumnus of Purdue University," said Rep. Cherry. "Coach Painter has done a tremendous job with the players and this team. I expect great things from the program for a long time to come."
Along with the overall team and head coach's success, several players on the team took home individual accolades.
Senior guard Chris Kramer won Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year honors for the second time in his career. Kramer is the only player in the history of Purdue basketball to earn Big Ten All-Defensive Team honors in each of his four collegiate seasons.
Juniors Robbie Hummel and E'Twaun Moore also took home awards after receiving first-team All-Big Ten honors.
"Not only are the majority of the members on the men's team from Indiana, but they all have become role models on the court and off the court," said Rep. Cherry.