PURDUE 96, AUBURN 71
Purdue broke away from Auburn with torrid shooting from long range, outscoring the Tigers by 23 points in the second half to roll to the Riviera Division championship at the Cancun Challenge.
Freshman guard Carsen Edwards had 21 points, one of six players for the Boilermakers (4-1) to reach double figures in scoring. Vincent Edwards and P.J. Thompson each tallied 15 points, and Caleb Swanigan closed with 14 points and 10 rebounds.
Auburn forward T.J. Dunans made two terrific interior passes that led to layups for the Tigers (4-1), allowing them to close to 53-50 with 13:58 to go in the second half. But Purdue would end the suspense with an 18-2 run, fueled by terrific shooting from long range. The Boilermakers were 17-of-26 (65 percent), and they also enjoyed a 39-23 edge in rebounding.
The teams locked horns in a very entertaining first half, with Danjel Purifoy scoring Auburn’s first eight points. Swanigan hit a 3-pointer and Thompson added a layup as part of a 7-0 run that put the Boilermakers up 27-23 with 7:48 left in the half. A Thompson 3-pointer put Purdue up by 11, 38-27, but the Tigers came all the way back to take a 41-40 lead on two free throws by TJ Lang with 31.5 seconds to go, part of a 12-0 run.
With time running out, Edwards rose and drained a 3-pointer with 1 second left, sending Purdue to a 43-41 lead at the break.
The Riviera Division all-tournament team, which considers results from both US and Mexico games of the Cancun Challenge, consists of: Purifoy and Mustapha Heron of Auburn, Zach Smith of Texas Tech, Jalen Moore of Utah State, Isaac Haas of Purdue and most valuable player Swanigan, who also had double-doubles in victories against Utah State and Georgia State.