|Posted on March 16, 2018 at 4:20 PM|
Article by Dan Tortora
Teams that are given a 2-seed in the NCAA Division-I Men's Basketball Tournament have an all-time record of 124-8 versus 15-seeds heading into this year's tournament games.
The 2nd-seeded Purdue Boilermakers made sure to add another 'W' to that record with a win over the 15th-seeded CSU-Fullerton Titans in Detroit, Michigan, in the Round of 64.
CSU-Fullerton led only once in the entire contest, when junior guard Khalil Ahmad connected on a jumper that made it 12-11 Titans with 10:20 remaining in the first half.
Purdue took the lead back less than a minute later, at the 9:39 mark of the opening half, when sophomore guard Carsen Edwards laid it in at the rim to give the Boilermakers a 13-12 lead.
The Boilermakers would hold onto the lead from then on, for the final 29 minutes and 39 seconds of the contest.
They got out to as much as a 10-point lead in the first half, and would take a nine-point advantage into the locker room.
In the second half, Purdue poured it on even more, raising their lead as high as 31 points before winning the game by 26, 74-48.
Before competing in this contest, the Boilermakers had not played a game since their Big Ten Conference Championship loss to the Michigan Wolverines on Sunday, March 4th, a span of 11 days in between games.
Carsen Edwards and senior forward Vincent Edwards led a balanced attack for Purdue, both with 15, followed by senior guard P.J. Thompson with 11, senior center Isaac Haas with nine, senior guard Dakota Mathias with eight, and junior guard Ryan Cline with seven.
Junior guard Kyle Allman, Jr., led all CSU-Fullerton scorers with 21.
Unfortunate news followed the Boilermakers win, with Haas being ruled out for the remainder of Purdue's time in this NCAA Tournament due to an elbow injury sustained in this game.
The 7'2" Haas has averaged just shy of 15 points and six rebounds per game this season for Purdue.