03/23 21:54 CDT Edwards leads Purdue to rout of reigning champ Villanova
Edwards leads Purdue to rout of reigning champ Villanova
By PAT EATON-ROBB
AP Sports Writer
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) --- Carsen Edwards had a career night, scoring 42 points
as Purdue knocked reigning national champion Villanova out of the NCAA
Tournament Saturday night in an 87-61 rout.
Matt Haarms added 18 points and nine rebounds for the third-seeded Boilermakers
(25-9), who advanced to their third straight Sweet 16.
Eric Paschall had 19 for Villanova (26-10), which saw its quest for a third
national title in the last four seasons end during the tournament's first
weekend. Fellow senior Phil Booth scored 15 points, putting him over 1,500 for
Edwards has battled a sore back and had been in a recent shooting slump, making
just 7 of 23 shots from the field in Purdue's first-round win over Old
Dominion. He found the bottom of the net early and often against 'Nova, making
12 of his 21 shots, including nine of 16 from behind the arc.
Purdue shot 54 percent while holding Villanova to just 20 baskets on 58 shots
Purdue jumped out early, building a 13-point lead thanks to Edwards' outside
shooting and Haarms' work down low.
The 7-foot-3 Dutchman towered over the shorter Wildcats, who didn't start
anyone over 6-8. He had Purdue's first 4 points on a dunk and a put-back.
Edwards hit five of his nine first-half shots, all of which came from 3-point
Purdue had nine 3-point baskets in the first half and a dunk by Haarms put the
Boilermakers up 43-24 at intermission.
Another dunk from the Dutchman extended the lead to 35 in the second half.
Villanova chipped away but the sixth seeded Big East champions did not have
weapons to make it a game.
Villanova: The Wildcats continued a five-year pattern that has seen them lose
in the second round, win a national title, lose in the second round and win
another national title. The Wildcats are 15-3 in NCAA Tournament games over
Purdue: The win gives the Boilermakers 25 victories for the fourth straight
season. Purdue had only done that once before, between 2008 and 2011.
The Boilermakers will face the winner of Sunday's game between Iowa and
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