(LOUISVILLE, KY) – For the first time since 2000 the Purdue Boilermakers are headed to the Elite Eight as they won an overtime thriller against second-seeded Tennessee 99-94.
Carsen Edwards led the way with 29 points while Ryan Cline wasn’t far behind with 27.
Edwards finds himself in elite company as he became the first player since Stephen Curry with at least four straight 25-point games in the tournament. He also made four 3-pointers which means he has made at least four 3s in four straight tournament games. Only Curry has more with five straight games.
“Whoa, I didn’t know that,” Edwards said at the postgame podium. “That’s pretty dope.”
The Boilermakers shot 54-percent from the field, 48-percent from 3-point range and out-rebounded the Volunteers 43-38.
“Our guys did such a great job competing in overtime,” Purdue coach Matt Painter said. “I thought in regulation there were some bounces that didn’t go our way. But they did in overtime.”
Purdue now faces the top-seeded team in the South region, Virginia, on Saturday with tip-off at 8:49pm EST.