GREENWOOD, Ind. (WLFI) — Purdue hit 17 three-pointers in its 93-50 rout of Oakland on Tuesday.
The Boilermakers' last two field goals — both threes were from Matt Frost and Jared Wulbrun.
Over the previous four seasons, a game that lopsided so late in regulation was reserved for one very popular reserve.
Mackey Arena was without fans on Tuesday. It was also without its King.
Carson Tucker: "Into the game for the Boilermakers, number 15 Tommy Luce!"
Scott Van Pelt: "Tommy Luce! Honor my King! Luce!"
Eight months ago, Tommy Luce's college basketball career abruptly ended.
Today, Luce is a sales representative for Shelby Materials in Indianapolis and he has a company truck: a 2020 Ram Big Horn.
When Luce is off the clock, he is on the court. Luce is assisting the Greenwood High School boys basketball team.
Luce and the Woodmen recently held several kids camps. Those camps brought Luce back to when he was growing up playing the game. They also took him back to his time at Purdue and the fond memories and legacy he made in West Lafayette.
"I never expected anything like that coming to Purdue," Luce said. "I just wanted to come to Purdue to be part of a winning culture and I've always just been a huge fan so just to have that opportunity was big for me."
Luce never lost to Indiana. He won two Big Ten championships. He also won over Purdue fans.
"It was just the icing on the cake to have everybody love you that much," Luce said. "At first I was confused. I get it. Coach Paint [Matt Painter] would always say I'm probably not the one off the bus that they're getting intimidated by. I was someone that they could like see themselves in a way so I think that's why I got a lot of cheers and I definitely appreciated it and I always will remember all the Gettin' Loose videos and the chance I got during games."
"Welcome to another episode of Gettin' Loose with me, Tommy Luce."
Luce started as walk-on at Purdue. He left having earned a scholarship, a celebrity status and "The King of Mackey" moniker.