Purdue beats Auburn 96-71 to capture Cancun Challenge title
CANCUN, Mexico — Carsen Edwards broke out of his shooting slump with 21 points and No. 17 Purdue shot 17 of 26 from three-point range to beat Auburn 96-71 on Wednesday night and capture the Cancun Challenge title.
P.J. Thompson and Vincent Edwards each added 15 points for the Boilermakers (4-1), who had six players score in double figures in their third straight win since falling to national champion Villanova.
Edwards, a highly recruited freshman, had been 2 of 16 from three-point range. But the 6-foot guard made 4 of 5 shots from behind the arc. He hit two threes and two free throws in a 16-4 run midway through the second half that broke open a close game.
Purdue shot 64 percent from the field, and it was the second-most three-pointers made in a game behind the 18 it had last season against Vermont.
Danjel Purifoy scored 22 points and Mustapha Heron added 15 points and eight rebounds for the Tigers (4-1), who were seeking their first 5-0 start since 2004-05.
Auburn: Coach Bruce Pearl starts three freshmen and two sophomores, and the inexperience showed in the second half, which started with the Tigers leading. But the tournament provided needed seasoning, as Pearl's rebuilding plan appears to be ahead of schedule.
Purdue: The Boilermakers won the two games in Cancun by a combined 46 points. That after a sluggish win over Georgia State in their first game following the Villanova defeat. With 7-foot-2 Isaac Haas inside, Purdue will get plenty of opportunities from long range.
Auburn: Faces USC Upstate on Tuesday in its lone home game during a five-game stretch. The Tigers visit UAB and play neutral site games against Boston College, Oklahoma and UConn before beginning SEC play.
Purdue: Returns home to face NJIT on Saturday before a showdown next Wednesday at No. 10 Louisville.