John Hart doesn't see a ton of action for Purdue, averaging just shy of five minutes a game in the seven contests he's played in so far this season.â†µ
However, Boilermaker coach Matt Painter decided to use him a bit more than usual during the first half of the team's game at Illinois.
Hart missed his first three field goal attempts, but hit his fourth, meaning that he had nearly doubled his scoring average (1.1 points per game) with a single shot. The basket also cut the Illini lead to 28-26.â†µ
Unfortunately for Purdue, no one remembered to actually record Hart's name in the scorebook. That resulted in a technical foul, a real momentum killer, as Demetri McCarney converted both foul shots for the Illini and Mike Davis hit a jumper on the next possession to give Illinois a six-point lead again, just before halftime.â†µ
Expect Purdue's next home game to be "John Hart Appreciation Night."