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• Purdue improved to 27-7 on the season with an 80-76 win over Iowa State in the NCAA Midwest Region second round ... the 27 wins are the fifth most in a season in school history ... Purdue is now 53-16 since the start of last year ... Purdue's 53 wins are the fifth most in back-to-back seasons in school history.
• Purdue advanced to the Sweet 16 for the first time since the 2010 season and for the 11th time in school history (1969, 1980, 1988, 1994, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2009, 2010, 2017).
• Purdue improved to 4-0 all-time in the state of Wisconsin in NCAA Tournament play ... Purdue went 2-0 in 1969 en route to the Final Four.
• Purdue improved to 17-2 this year when shooting 48.0 percent or better.
• Purdue outrebounded Iowa State by 10 caroms, making Purdue 30-1 since the start of last year when outrebounding foes by 10 or more boards ... Purdue has outrebounded both NCAA Tournament foes by 10 or more rebounds.
• Purdue had 27 assists on 31 made field goals, including five players with at least three assists ... the 27 assists were the second most in an NCAA Tournament game in school history (31 vs. Delaware; March 13, 1998) ... Purdue now has 624 assists on the season, the third most in a season in school history ... the 27 assists tied a season high (Iowa State, Morehead State, Iowa).
• After falling behind for 12 seconds at 73-71 late in the game, Purdue outscored Iowa State 9-3, including five huge points from P.J. Thompson.
• Purdue improved to 17-2 all-time in NCAA Tournament play when scoring 80 or more points ... Purdue has scored 80-plus points in back-to-back NCAA Tournament games for the first time since the 1998 Tournament.
• Purdue is 10-2 since the start of February ... Purdue's two losses have come to Michigan.
• Purdue recorded a pair of double-doubles in the win over Iowa State ... Purdue now has 33 double-doubles this year, the most in a season in school history.
• Purdue improved to 60-4 since the start of the 2014-15 season when attempting more free throws than its opponent.
Caleb Swanigan recorded his 28th double-double with 20 points, 12 rebounds and a career-high seven assists ... Swanigan now has 629 points, 429 rebounds and 103 assists on the season ... he is the second collegiate player (and first major-college player) with 600 points, 400 rebounds and 100 assists in a season in the last 25 years ... joined Draymond Green (Michigan State), Nick Collison (Kansas) and Carmelo Anthony (Syracuse) as the only forwards in the last 20 years to have at least 20 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists in an NCAA game ... recorded his 14th 20-10 game of the season, the third most for a player since the the 2010-11 season ... his 28 double-doubles are now the 13th most in NCAA history, and third most for a major-college player in the last 20 years (Blake Griffin - 30; Tim Duncan - 29).
Vincent Edwards recorded his fourth career double-double with 21 points, 10 rebounds and four assists ... two of Edwards' four double-doubles have come in NCAA Tournament play ... in four NCAA Tournament games, Edwards is averaging 20.0 points, 9.0 rebounds per game and 3.8 assists per game .. Edwards became the 18th player in Purdue history with 300 career assists ... Edwards and E'Twaun Moore are the only players in Purdue history with 1,000 career points, 500 rebounds and 300 assists ... in two NCAA Tournament games this year, Edwards is 21.0 points, 7.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game while shooting 19-of-30 from the field.
Carsen Edwards had nine points to give him 354 points on the season, the seventh most for a Purdue freshman in school history.
Dakota Mathias netted a pair of 3-pointers to give him 153 for his career, the 11th most in Purdue history ... he also moved into 12th on the single-season list with 71.

MILWAUKEE (AP) - When Purdue needed him the most, when the Boilermakers were on the brink of a heartbreaking loss, Caleb ''Biggie'' Swanigan lived up to his nickname - over and over again.

Swanigan had 20 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists, and Purdue reached the Sweet 16 for the first time in seven years with a wild 80-76 victory over Iowa State on Saturday.

The Cyclones erased a 19-point deficit in the second half, taking their first lead of the game on Deonte Burton's two free throws with 3:11 left. But P.J. Thompson responded with a critical 3-pointer for the Boilermakers, and Swanigan made several huge plays in the final minutes.

''It was an amazing game,'' Thompson said. ''I thought we were pretty special tonight, at different moments we were really clutch when we needed to be. A lot of different guys made a lot of different plays tonight.''

After Dakota Mathias missed the front end of a 1-and-1 with 11 seconds left and Purdue clinging to a 78-76 lead, Swanigan tracked down the rebound to set up Thompson's free throws with 7 seconds remaining. Monte Morris missed a 3 on the other end, and time ran out for Iowa State.

Vince Edwards had 21 points and 10 rebounds for No. 4 seed Purdue (27-7), which will play the winner of Sunday's Michigan State-Kansas game on Thursday in Kansas City, Missouri. Isaac Haas finished with 14 points, helping the Boilermakers to a 23-5 advantage in bench points.

''I'm excited. I'm ready to get back to campus and get to work and watch the game tomorrow, Kansas-Michigan State, and see who is left,'' Swanigan said.

Swanigan's typically clipped response drew a smile from coach Matt Painter.

''That's great,'' a grinning Painter said. ''That's all we get? That's beautiful.''

Yup, Swanigan did all his talking with his play. It was the 28th double-double of the season for the Big Ten player of the year.

Fifth-seeded Iowa State (24-11) had won 10 of 11, moving to the brink of its third appearance in the Sweet 16 in four years. But it eventually ran out of gas against the bigger Boilermakers.

Burton scored 17 of his 25 points in the second half, putting on a show in his hometown of Milwaukee. Matt Thomas, another Wisconsin kid, had 20 points on 9-for-11 shooting, and Morris finished with 18 points and nine assists in the final game of his standout career.

''We didn't rebound that ball at the end,'' coach Steve Prohm said. ''But you know, game like this you can look back at a lot of difficult things.''

For a while, it looked as if Iowa State's storied senior class was headed for a rough ending.

Swanigan helped Purdue pull away at the start of the second half, showing off his well-rounded game. He found Mathias and Edwards for layups on backdoor cuts in the first minute. He made a 3-pointer and Edwards got loose for a dunk as the Boilermakers grabbed a 58-39 lead with 14:23 left.

But the Cyclones responded with a furious comeback, backed by a boisterous crowd filled with red and yellow. Two free throws by Burton and a jumper by Thomas tied it at 71 with 3:45 remaining.

''Once we got on that run, you know, we made things happen and we made it interesting,'' Thomas said. ''We just were one or two plays short of capping that win off.''

After Burton put Iowa State in front, Thompson rattled in his only 3-pointer of the game. Burton then missed a stepback jumper, and Swanigan and Edwards each scored to give Purdue some breathing room at 78-73 with 1:36 left.

''I kept trying to tell myself (to) stay poised, stay calm,'' Edwards said. ''And we were all just talking out and kept telling each other we got this, we got this. We were able to stick it out and win.''

WORTH NOTING

The Boilermakers shot 48.4 percent (31 for 64) and had 27 assists on 31 field goals. The Cyclones shot 50 percent, but Naz Mitrou-Long only had five points after averaging 15.4 coming into the game.

BIG PICTURE

Purdue: Haas looked more comfortable than he did in Purdue's first-round win against Vermont, going 6 for 8 from the field. But he only played 4 minutes in the second half.

NEXT UP

Purdue plays the winner of Sunday's Michigan State-Kansas game on Thursday in Kansas City, Missouri.

 

 

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