The 2018 NCAA Tournament has already seen its fair share of upsets, and on Sunday afternoon No. 10-seed Butler was on the brink of its own. Trailing No. 2-seed Purdue by two points with about 90 seconds remaining, Bulldogs sophomore Kamar Baldwin waded through the Boilermakers’ transition defense and rose for the layup.
Enter Vincent Edwards.
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Edwards’ rejection ensured Butler would not topple Purdue, which hung for a 76-73 win. Edwards, a senior forward, finished with 20 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal and 1 block.
After Edwards’ block, senior guard Dakota Mathias nailed a 3-pointer to put the Boilermakers up 5. Butler’s Kelan Martin converted a layup with 3 seconds remaining, and after Purdue senior guard P.J. Thompson missed a free throw, the Bulldogs had one last ditch effort for a tie, but Baldwin’s prayer fell short.
And Purdue, despite playing without starting center Isaac Haas, who fractured his right elbow earlier in the tournament, advanced to a date with Texas Tech in the Sweet 16.