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Edwards scores 40 points, No. 9 Purdue beats Illinois 93-86

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) Carsen Edwards stepped up when No. 9 Purdue needed a huge performance.

Edwards scored a career-high 40 points and Dakota Mathias added 18 to help the Boilermakers outlast Illinois in a 93-86 victory on Thursday night.

''I know they might not have the best record, but those guys compete. They make it difficult,'' Purdue coach Matt Painter said. ''We're just fortunate enough to have probably the best guard in our league, who can make individual plays, and he did them tonight.''

Edwards was 11 for 19 from the field and 14 for 16 at the line in the first 40-point game for Purdue since Glenn Robinson scored 44 points in a victory against Kansas in the NCAA Tournament in 1994. He also joined Illinois' Brandon Paul as the only Big Ten players to score 40 points in a conference game in the last 20 years.

''If I played the way I did and we lost, it wouldn't be as special to me,'' Edwards said. ''It was a close game all of the way. I'm just glad we came through with the win.''

Purdue (25-5, 14-3) shot 58.3 percent from the field in its second game since Vincent Edwards was sidelined by a left ankle injury. The Boilermakers also went 11 for 23 from 3-point range.

There were eight lead changes in the first half, highlighted by two big runs. With just under 10 minutes left, Edwards stole the ball from Leron Black and went down for a huge dunk to spark a 17-6 run for the Boilermakers. The Illini responded with a 10-3 run to finish the half trailing 43-38.

Trent Frazier helped Illinois rally in the second half, reeling off eight straight points to tie it at 56. Frazier, who was scoreless in the first half, finished with 20 points, six assists and five steals.

The Illini (13-17, 3-14) stayed within striking distance the rest of the game, but Purdue's size and Edwards' scoring eventually took over. The sophomore had 25 points in the second half, including a monstrous dunk on Frazier with just under seven minutes to play.

Black led Illinois with 28 points, notching his fourth consecutive 20-point game.

''We fought, we competed,'' coach Brad Underwood said. ''I'm not going to be happy with it. But we're gaining ground.''

BIG PICTURE

After losing three straight games, Purdue has re-established itself in the Big Ten with two close victories over Penn State and Illinois. The Boilermakers have won 25 games this year and are one win away from the second most in school history for a single season.

Illinois continues to struggle in close games. The Illini have lost 10 games this season by single digits.

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''In high school, I had 50 (points),'' Edwards said about his best game prior to scoring 40 points against Illinois. ''I think I hit 11 3s or something like that.''

''He was 11 for 14,'' Painter chimed in.

UP NEXT

Purdue will close out the regular season at home against Minnesota on Sunday. The Golden Gophers are led by Jordan Murphy, who is ranked seventh in the Big Ten in scoring at 17.1 points per game.

Illinois hits the road to face Rutgers on Sunday. The Scarlet Knights are ranked second in the Big Ten in scoring defense.

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Key Players
V. Edwards
12 F
T. Frazier
1 G
25.7 Min. Per Game 25.7
12.3 Pts. Per Game 12.3
2.9 Ast. Per Game 2.9
1.8 Reb. Per Game 1.8
47.5 Field Goal % 40.7
40.4 Three Point % 34.2
84.2 Free Throw % 64.4
+ 3 Trent Frazier made 3-pt. jump shot 3.0
+ 1 P.J. Thompson made 2nd of 2 free throws 11.0
+ 1 P.J. Thompson made 1st of 2 free throws 11.0
  Personal foul on Leron Black 11.0
  Defensive rebound by P.J. Thompson 11.0
  Trent Frazier missed layup, blocked by Nojel Eastern 11.0
+ 1 Carsen Edwards made 2nd of 2 free throws 21.0
+ 1 Carsen Edwards made 1st of 2 free throws 21.0
  Personal foul on Te'Jon Lucas 21.0
  Lost ball turnover on Mark Smith, stolen by Carsen Edwards 21.0
+ 1 P.J. Thompson made 2nd of 2 free throws 32.0
Team Stats
Points 93 86
Field Goals 28-48 (58.3%) 33-66 (50.0%)
3-Pointers 11-23 (47.8%) 12-28 (42.9%)
Free Throws 26-31 (83.9%) 8-10 (80.0%)
Total Rebounds 33 20
Offensive 6 7
Defensive 26 13
Team 1 0
Assists 13 19
Steals 4 8
Blocks 4 1
Turnovers 13 6
Fouls 13 21
Technicals 0 0
40 PTS, 5 REB, 3 AST
28 PTS, 3 REB, 2 AST
12T
away team logo 9 Purdue 25-5 435093
home team logo Illinois 13-17 384886
Team Stats
away team logo 9 Purdue 25-5 76.7 PPG 40.2 RPG 14.4 APG
home team logo Illinois 13-17 72.7 PPG 36.1 RPG 13.5 APG
Key Players
3
C. Edwards G 24.3 PPG 3.6 RPG 2.9 APG 39.4 FG%
00
L. Black F PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
C. Edwards G 40 PTS 5 REB 3 AST
L. Black F 28 PTS 3 REB 2 AST
58.3 FG% 50.0
47.8 3PT FG% 42.9
83.9 FT% 80.0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
C. Edwards 40 5 3 11/19 4/8 14/16 1 35 2 0 3 2 3
D. Mathias 18 8 1 7/11 4/8 0/0 1 37 1 0 1 0 8
I. Haas 10 3 0 3/4 0/0 4/4 1 27 0 2 2 1 2
P. Thompson 9 4 2 2/4 0/1 5/6 2 29 1 0 2 0 4
G. Eifert 6 5 2 2/2 1/1 1/2 1 28 0 0 4 2 3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
C. Edwards 40 5 3 11/19 4/8 14/16 1 35 2 0 3 2 3
D. Mathias 18 8 1 7/11 4/8 0/0 1 37 1 0 1 0 8
I. Haas 10 3 0 3/4 0/0 4/4 1 27 0 2 2 1 2
P. Thompson 9 4 2 2/4 0/1 5/6 2 29 1 0 2 0 4
G. Eifert 6 5 2 2/2 1/1 1/2 1 28 0 0 4 2 3
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
R. Cline 6 5 4 2/5 2/5 0/0 2 17 0 0 0 1 4
N. Eastern 4 0 1 1/3 0/0 2/3 2 15 0 1 0 0 0
M. Haarms 0 2 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 3 12 0 1 1 0 2
V. Edwards - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Taylor - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Luce - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Stefanovic - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Wheeler - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 93 32 13 28/48 11/23 26/31 13 200 4 4 13 6 26
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
L. Black 28 3 2 12/25 3/7 1/1 4 30 0 0 1 1 2
T. Frazier 20 1 6 7/15 4/11 2/2 1 33 5 0 1 0 1
T. Lucas 12 6 5 4/6 2/2 2/2 4 32 1 0 1 0 6
K. Nichols 2 1 2 1/3 0/1 0/0 2 15 0 0 0 1 0
M. Alstork 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 3 14 0 1 0 0 1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
L. Black 28 3 2 12/25 3/7 1/1 4 30 0 0 1 1 2
T. Frazier 20 1 6 7/15 4/11 2/2 1 33 5 0 1 0 1
T. Lucas 12 6 5 4/6 2/2 2/2 4 32 1 0 1 0 6
K. Nichols 2 1 2 1/3 0/1 0/0 2 15 0 0 0 1 0
M. Alstork 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 3 14 0 1 0 0 1
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
D. Williams 11 4 2 4/4 3/3 0/0 0 19 0 0 0 2 2
G. Eboigbodin 5 0 1 2/3 0/0 1/2 3 13 0 0 1 0 0
A. Jordan 3 1 0 1/2 0/1 1/1 0 8 1 0 0 1 0
M. Smith 3 2 1 1/5 0/2 1/2 3 21 1 0 2 2 0
M. Finke 2 1 0 1/3 0/1 0/0 0 15 0 0 0 0 1
M. Vesel - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Liss - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Cayce - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Oladimeji - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 86 20 19 33/66 12/28 8/10 21 200 8 1 6 7 13