Share Share Charleston Classic: Purdue 79, Davidson 58 tweet share Reddit Pocket Flipboard Email Aaron Wheeler skies above everyone on the court for a rebound. Grady Eifert is the first one on the floor to corral a loose ball. Nojel Eastern is hounding #31 for Davidson the entire way up the court. Evan Boudreaux bangs against everyone around him as he pulls in the offense rebound. Matt Haarms sets his feet and catches a charge cleanly in his chest. Ryan Cline calmly moves up the court and finds an open spot to catch and shoot a three-pointer, finding nothing but net.
Around this, Carsen Edwards eyes his defender, takes a hesitation dribble before exploding into a crossover. His defender is slow to react. Edwards rises. The ball arcs perfectly and finds twine.
“I am really proud of our team and I thought we played with maximum energy on both ends of the floor,” Alabama head coach Avery Johnson said in a release. “Ball State is a veteran team and they know what they are doing. Much better effort of defending the three-point line, especially in the second half.
The #24 Purdue Boilermakers came to Charleston as something of an unknown. Last years seniors are gone, and the returning players all had new roles to find. The Boilermakers will be leaving Charleston with an identity. After two games, theyve established a grit and grind approach on defense, and an offense reliant on the brilliance of #3, Carsen Edwards, and a collection of pieces that compliment the juniors brilliance.
It worked for them against Appalachian State yesterday and again today as Purdue beat Davidson 79-58 to advance to the finals of the Charleston Classic against Virginia Tech on Sunday.
Davidson, following a victory against Wichita St. on Thursday, gave Purdue a challenge early. Despite a strong shooting performance from the Boilermakers, they finished the half with only a 7 point lead as Carter Collins (7 pts.) and Luke Frampton (8 pts.) did their best to keep Davidson in the ball game.
But Purdues defense was too much for Davidson. Purdue held Davidson to 23-52 shooting while also making just getting into their sets difficult. Purdue forced 13 turnovers and turned it into 12 points.
Carsen Edwards continues to be the best player in Charleston, and maybe the country. For the fourth straight game hes scored at least 23 points, this time knocking down 6 of his 11 attempts from three to score 29 points to go with his 4 rebounds and 3 assists..
Ahmed Hill hit a massive three to end the first half and it was the perfect example of his game today. He had great court awareness, hustled from opening tip to the final whistle, and finished well. His 15 points have to be an encouraging sign for Virginia Tech fans. And then you cant forget about Kerry Blackshear, who was a defensive force when he was in the game and had fantastic offensive moments. He only played 22 minutes after an early second-half foul and the game being out of hand already, but still finished with 12 points, 4 assists, and 3 rebounds.
Edwards continued to get help from the seniors in the starting lineup. Ryan Cline had 12 points and six rebounds. Grady Eifert continues to be one of the best glue guys in America. He only scored 5 points but had 5 rebounds and was constantly getting on the floor to grab loose balls.
Hokies win big: advance to Charleston Classic championship
Evan Boudreaux provided Coach Painter with some nice minutes on the floor, especially attacking the glass. Boudreaux grabbed 5 of his 7 rebounds rebounds on the offensive end and got to the line five times where he made all of them. He finished the game with 12 points.
Purdue will get a day of rest before moving on to the championship game in Charleston, South Carolina. They will play Virginia Tech at 8:30 on Sunday, November 18th.
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The Cardinals will look much more like what Alabama is used to seeing in conference play: athletic and long. In fact, Walton and Hazen transferred in from Missouri and Arkansas, respectively. Senior point guard Tayler Persons leads this group. Hes a solid scorer (46.1%/37.3%/67.0%), but hes certainly not as deadly as Northeasterns Vasa Pusica. Teague is the anchor in the front-court. The best defender (96.4 DRtg) and rebounder (17.1% REB%) on the team, Teague gives the Cardinals some much needed toughness in the post.
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