Purdue struggles, prevails over Cal State Fullerton
Detroit — For about 10 minutes in its first-round NCAA Tournament game, Cal State Fullerton looked like it might hang around against No. 2 seed Purdue.
But they were a fleeting 10 minutes.
Baskets were tough to come by early for the Boilermakers, but they opened the second half blazing with an 11-2 run in the first four minutes of the second half. Purdue advanced to the second round with a 74-48 win over No. 15 Cal State Fullerton Friday at Little Caesars Arena. P.J. Thompson scored 11
The Boilermakers (29-6) will face the winner of Butler-Arkansas on Sunday.
BOX SCORE: Purdue 74, Cal State Fullerton 48
Carsen Edwards, who entered the game leading Purdue in scoring, averaging 18.5 points, had 15 points against Cal State Fullerton while Vincent Edwards also had 15 and seven rebounds. Purdue’s 7-foot-2 senior Isaac Haas, struggled early and was held below his season scoring average of 14.9 points a game. He finished with nine points but led the team with 10 rebounds.
Purdue shot 39 percent from the field and was 9-of-22 from the 3-point line
Haas appeared to injure his right elbow with 8:49 left in the game. He grabbed the elbow — he has been wearing a compression sleeve with a pad since injuring it earlier this season against Louisville — and tried to shake it off while wincing. He went to the bench but checked back in with 7:29 left.
Turnovers have been an issue all season for Cal State Fullerton and were glaring against Purdue. The Titans entered the game averaging 14.1 turnovers per game and had reached that mark midway through the second half. The Titans had 17 turnovers and Purdue scored 19 points off those miscues.
Purdue used an 8-0 run in the final minutes of the first half to build a 30-21 lead, as Cal State Fullerton went the final 3:09 of the half without a field goal.
Edwards led the Boilermakers, who shot 33 percent from the field, with 13 first-half points, while Haas was shut down, going 1-of-5 for two points.
The Boilermakers had an eight-point lead with about six minutes left after the Titans missed five straight field goals during a five-minute stretch. But Cal State Fullerton pulled within two with 3:08 left when Purdue when on its final run.