Edwards, Stephens lead Purdue past IUPUI 77-57
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) Vince Edwards scored 26 points and Kendall Stephens added 24 to lead Purdue to a 77-57 victory over IUPUI on Sunday.
The 6-foot-7 Edwards, who scored 13 in the season-opener against Samford on Friday, had 19 in the first half, making 8 of 10 field goal attempts, including a pair of 3-pointers. He finished 11 of 16 from the floor.
Stephens added 13 in the first half, making 3 of 4 shots from beyond the arc. Edwards and Stephens made 11 of 15 shots during the opening half, when Purdue (2-0) built a 48-38 lead.
IUPUI (0-2) stayed within striking distance. Leo Svete made four 3-pointers and scored all of his 14 points before intermission. IUPUI shot 54.5 during the first 20 minutes but had 11 turnovers, leading to 17 Boilermaker points. D.J. McCall added 14 points for the Jaguars.
The Boilermakers raced to a 15-2 lead during the first 4:08, including eight points from Stephens, and never trailed in the first meeting between the schools.
Stephens hit a 3-pointer with 9:07 remaining in the final half to extend Purdue's lead to 63-49, prompting an IUPUI timeout. At that point, Edwards had 23 points and Stephens 21, including five 3-pointers.
Jon Octeus made a pair of free throws with 6:49 remaining and pushed the Boilermakers to a 65-54 lead.
Stephens sank a clutch 3-pointer from the right corner with 4:14 to play-his sixth trey-giving the Boilermakers a 69-57 lead.
Purdue 7-foot center A.J. Hammons made two free throws and hit a field goal with 2:20 remaining to stretch the lead to 73-57.
Purdue: With the victory, the Boilermakers are 32-1 in November home games in the Matt Painter era, losing only to Bucknell in 2012 ... Purdue is 13-0 all-time against members of the Summit League ... In its first two games, Purdue has outscored Samford and IUPUI by a combined 91-54 during first-half play.
IUPUI: For Jaguars sophomore forward Justus Stanback, Sunday's game was a homecoming. Stanback graduated from West Lafayette High School, which is one block from Purdue's Mackey Arena ... Stanback's father, Ian, played at Purdue for former coach Gene Keady ... IUPUI is 1-10 against Big Ten Conference schools, defeating Northwestern 56-53 in 2002 ... First-year coach Jason Gardner is an Indianapolis native who was recruited by Purdue before selecting Arizona.
Purdue hosts Grambling on Thursday.
IUPUI plays at Milwaukee on Wednesday.