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Edwards leads No. 24 Purdue past Fairfield 90-57

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) Purdue's only returning starter made sure the 24th-ranked Boilermakers had no trouble winning their season opener.

Carsen Edwards scored 30 points and made seven 3-pointers as Purdue defeated Fairfield 90-57 on Tuesday.

Purdue (1-0) made just one of its first seven shots but ended up shooting 54 percent from the field. The Boilermakers shot 14 of 30 from 3-point range and made eight 3-pointers in the first half.

The Boilermakers went on separate 14-0 and 7-0 runs in the first half and built a comfortable 17-point halftime edge. They consistently shut down Fairfield on defense and coasted to their first victory of the year.

''The main important thing is just doing my job, doing the things he (head coach Matt Painter) tells me to do,'' Edwards said. ''We have skill guys around me that can shoot the ball and can get to the rim and get baskets. I'm just going to continue doing my job.''

Edwards' ability to draw the defense's attention also opened things up for Purdue's other shooters. Ryan Cline shot 3 of 6 from beyond the arc and finished with 13 points and eight assists.

Forward Grady Eifert made his third career start and led the Boilermakers on the boards with 10 rebounds. Purdue outrebounded Fairfield by a 40-25 margin.

''He doesn't turn the ball over and gets 10 rebounds,'' Purdue coach Matt Painter said. ''That's pretty effective.''

Fairfield was able to get traction inside the paint against Matt Haarms in the second half. Haarms was called for his second, third and fourth fouls after halftime. He played just 17 minutes despite starting the game.

Haarms ended the night with nine points, eight rebounds and three blocks.

Fairfield was led by Neftali Alvarez with 16 points and Jonathan Kasibabu with 14.

BIG PICTURE:

Purdue: The Boilermakers lost four seniors who had started a combined 154 games, but with Edwards leading the way, they should have no trouble scoring.

Fairfield: The Stags lost their top scorers from last year and will need to find more production from their bench unit as they continue nonconference play.

UP NEXT:

Purdue will host Ball State on Saturday.

Fairfield will travel to Lewisburg, Pennsylvania to take on Bucknell on Saturday.

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Key Players
Min. Per Game
Pts. Per Game
Ast. Per Game
Reb. Per Game
Field Goal %
Three Point %
Free Throw %
  Defensive rebound by Kyle King 6.0
  Taj Benning missed 3-pt. jump shot 8.0
+ 2 Trevion Williams made hook shot 23.0
  Offensive rebound by Trevion Williams 29.0
  Aaron Wheeler missed 3-pt. jump shot 31.0
  Defensive rebound by Aaron Wheeler 46.0
  Thomas Nolan missed jump shot 48.0
+ 1 Tommy Luce made 2nd of 2 free throws 1:05
+ 1 Tommy Luce made 1st of 2 free throws 1:05
  Shooting foul on Kevin Senghore-Peterson 1:05
  Defensive rebound by Aaron Wheeler 1:16
Team Stats
Points 57 90
Field Goals 22-60 (36.7%) 32-59 (54.2%)
3-Pointers 8-22 (36.4%) 14-30 (46.7%)
Free Throws 5-9 (55.6%) 12-15 (80.0%)
Total Rebounds 25 40
Offensive 8 8
Defensive 13 28
Team 4 4
Assists 8 17
Steals 5 4
Blocks 0 3
Turnovers 11 13
Fouls 17 17
Technicals 0 0
16 PTS, 3 REB
30 PTS, 2 AST
12T
away team logo Fairfield 0-1 273057
home team logo 24 Purdue 1-0 444690
Team Stats
away team logo Fairfield 0-1 66.8 PPG 33.8 RPG 12.9 APG
home team logo 24 Purdue 1-0 76.2 PPG 39.5 RPG 14.4 APG
Key Players
0
N. Alvarez G 11.5 PPG 3.7 RPG 3.3 APG 41.4 FG%
3
C. Edwards G 23.0 PPG 3.5 RPG 3.0 APG 38.6 FG%
Top Scorers
N. Alvarez G 16 PTS 3 REB 0 AST
C. Edwards G 30 PTS 0 REB 2 AST
36.7 FG% 54.2
36.4 3PT FG% 46.7
55.6 FT% 80.0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
N. Alvarez 16 3 0 7/14 2/5 0/0 2 29 2 0 4 0 3
J. Kasibabu 14 4 1 4/9 2/3 4/6 3 27 1 0 3 1 3
L. Taliaferro 11 1 3 4/6 3/4 0/0 0 35 0 0 0 0 1
T. Benning 3 4 1 1/9 0/4 1/2 1 23 0 0 2 3 1
W. Methnani 3 4 1 1/6 1/3 0/0 5 12 0 0 1 0 4
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
N. Alvarez 16 3 0 7/14 2/5 0/0 2 29 2 0 4 0 3
J. Kasibabu 14 4 1 4/9 2/3 4/6 3 27 1 0 3 1 3
L. Taliaferro 11 1 3 4/6 3/4 0/0 0 35 0 0 0 0 1
T. Benning 3 4 1 1/9 0/4 1/2 1 23 0 0 2 3 1
W. Methnani 3 4 1 1/6 1/3 0/0 5 12 0 0 1 0 4
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Milin 8 3 0 4/6 0/0 0/1 1 19 1 0 0 3 0
J. Cruz 2 2 0 1/5 0/1 0/0 0 16 0 0 0 1 1
T. Nolan 0 0 0 0/2 0/1 0/0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0
A. Kavaliauskas 0 0 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 1 5 0 0 0 0 0
K. Senghore-Peterson 0 0 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 1 4 0 0 0 0 0
F. Lemetti 0 0 2 0/1 0/0 0/0 2 22 0 0 1 0 0
C. Whipple 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
O. El-Sheikh - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 57 21 8 22/60 8/22 5/9 17 194 5 0 11 8 13
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
C. Edwards 30 0 2 10/17 7/11 3/3 2 28 1 0 2 0 0
R. Cline 13 2 8 5/10 3/6 0/0 0 29 0 0 1 0 2
G. Eifert 9 10 1 3/4 2/3 1/1 2 28 0 0 0 2 8
M. Haarms 9 8 0 4/6 0/0 1/3 4 16 0 3 3 3 5
N. Eastern 0 4 1 0/4 0/1 0/0 3 23 0 0 2 1 3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
C. Edwards 30 0 2 10/17 7/11 3/3 2 28 1 0 2 0 0
R. Cline 13 2 8 5/10 3/6 0/0 0 29 0 0 1 0 2
G. Eifert 9 10 1 3/4 2/3 1/1 2 28 0 0 0 2 8
M. Haarms 9 8 0 4/6 0/0 1/3 4 16 0 3 3 3 5
N. Eastern 0 4 1 0/4 0/1 0/0 3 23 0 0 2 1 3
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
E. Boudreaux 10 2 1 4/6 0/1 2/2 2 18 0 0 0 0 2
E. Hunter Jr. 10 3 3 4/6 1/3 1/2 1 16 0 0 0 1 2
S. Stefanovic 3 1 1 1/2 1/2 0/0 1 19 1 0 3 0 1
T. Luce 2 0 0 0/0 0/0 2/2 0 3 0 0 0 0 0
A. Wheeler 2 4 0 0/3 0/3 2/2 1 11 2 0 2 0 4
T. Williams 2 1 0 1/1 0/0 0/0 1 3 0 0 0 1 0
K. King 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
E. Dowuona - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 90 36 17 32/59 14/30 12/15 17 195 4 3 13 8 28