Rapid Reaction: Purdue ends Tennessee's season in Sweet 16
Thursday just wasn’t Tennessee’s night.
It started immediately in the first half by shooting only 37 percent and losing by 12 at the break. Yes, Tennessee’s offense was out-of-sync throughout the first half, but Purdue couldn’t miss either. That’s just the way it goes sometimes early in big games.
The Vols came marching back in the second half, though, after being down 18 points. Admiral Schofield led the second-half charge for Tennessee, and the Vols led by two with just seconds to play. Amazingly, Purdue tied it after Lamonte Turner fouled Purdue’s Carsen Edwards on a three pointer near the end of regulation. Edwards then hit two of his three free throws to send it to overtime.
Here’s the play that will surely be talked about:
Carsen Edwards is fouled on 3 at the end! He makes 2 of 3 as we go into Overtime🚨🚨 pic.twitter.com/ZMvzkUbBs2
— BettorIQ (@BettorIQ) March 29, 2019
The Boilermakers eventually pulled away in overtime and won 99-94.
Purdue was led by Ryan Cline, who scored a career-high 27 points, including seven three pointers. Carsen Edwards added a team-high 29 points.
Grant Williams scored 21 points. Admiral Schofield led Tennessee scoring 20 of his 21 points in the second half. Jordan Bowden finished with 16 points off the bench.
As a team, Tennessee shot just 14-of-28 from the free throw line and was out-rebounded 43-38 by the Boilermakers.
Although the Vols struggled for much of the night, they had a chance to win it late in the second half. It was a disappointing ending to a great season on Rocky Top.