No. 23 Purdue charges past Appalachian State 92-70

Carsen Edwards had 25 points, 17 in the first half.
AP

CHARLESTON, S.C. — No. 23 Purdue topped Appalachian State 92-70 as Carsen Edwards scored 25 points and Ryan Cline added 21 at the Charleston Classic.

Both Boilermaker starters hit four of the team’s 13 3-pointers.

Purdue will face Davidson, which rallied from 10 points down in the second half to defeat Wichita State, on Friday evening.

The Boilermakers (3-0) came out fast against the Mountaineers and never let up, grabbing a 13-2 lead to grab control. Edwards had two 3-pointers in the stretch.

The 6-foot-1 junior has scored 30, 23 and 25 points in Purdue’s three wins. He showed his speed and dexterity when he took a blocked shot by center Matt Haarms by his own foul line, raced upcourt, split two Mountaineer defenders and switched hands on the way up for a layup.

Edwards didn’t let up at halftime with the Boilermakers ahead by double digits, nailing a high-arching straightaway three about 4 feet beyond the line.

“We’re just going to try and continue to play ball,” Edwards said. “Getting some easy stops helps the offense get in transition.”

Justin Forrest topped the Mountaineers (1-2) with 14 points.