Penn State hangs close, loses to No. 6 Purdue
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Carsen Edwards scored 27 points to lead sixth-ranked Purdue to a 76-73 victory over Penn State on Sunday night.
Dakota Mathias added 18 points, and Isaac Haas had 12 points and six rebounds for the Boilermakers (24-5, 13-3 Big Ten), who snapped a season-worst three-game skid.
Tony Carr had 19 points, five rebounds and five assists. Shep Garner had 17 points, and Lamar Stevens had 13 points and six rebounds for the Nittany Lions (19-10, 9-7). The loss ended a stretch of six wins in seven games.
Ryan Cline's 3-pointer with 5 minutes, 31 seconds remaining gave Purdue a 61-58 lead, and the Boilers never trailed the rest of the way.
It wasn't easy for a Purdue team in search of the same offensive flair that made the Boilermakers unbeatable during a program-record 19-game winning streak that stretched from November until a 64-63 loss to Ohio State on Feb. 7. It became more difficult without starting forward Vincent Edwards, one of the team's most consistent players.
Vincent Edwards sat on the bench wearing a walking boot after spraining his left ankle in practice Saturday. The team disclosed the injury in a statement before tipoff.
It was another uncharacteristic game for the Boilermakers. They trailed by as much nine points in the first half, during which they shot 42.3 percent from the field and went 2 for 9 from 3-point range.
Penn State led 36-32 at halftime.
Despite another poor offensive night by Purdue, the Nittany Lions proved their recent hot streak, which included a 79-56 blowout of No. 8 Ohio State, might not be a fluke. Even after the Boilermakers found a groove in the second half, Penn State still never trailed by more than 11 points.
After dropping three consecutive conference games and falling in the Big Ten standings, the Boilermakers needed to get back on track quickly with just two regular season games remaining.