NCAA Tournament 2018: Vincent Edwards’ clutch block preserves Purdue’s win over Butler

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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.

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.

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