Purdue Boilermakers Back In Elite Eight For The First Time In 19 Years

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Purdue Boilermakers Back In Elite Eight For The First Time In 19 Years

The Boilermakers survived and advanced in the NCAA Tournament in an overtime win over the Tennessee Volunteers.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- The Purdue Bopilermakers outlasted a late comeback from the Tennessee Volunteers to advance to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament Thursday.

Final score in overtime was 99-94. Carsen Edwards led the Purdue scoring attack with 29 points, but it was senior sharp-shooter Ryan Cline who kept the Boilers from collapsing late in regulation finishing with 27 points, 21 of which came from behind the 3-point arc.

"We worked really hard. A lot of people counted us out at the beginning of the year. I just keep preaching that and we are just going out and playing free," Cline said. 

Purdue had jumped out to as much as a 13-point lead of the favorited Vols in the first half. But a 22-to-5 swing in the second half led by versatile Tennessee big man Admiral Schofield tied the game late, forcing Purdue's Edwards to hit two free throws with less than 2-second left in regulation to force overtime.

"Our guys hung in there," said Purdue head coach Matt Painter. "It was one of those games where getting key stops was important. I know it was a high scoring game but it was tough to get them."

The Boilermakers jumped ahead early in overtime and never looked back, holding off Tennessee to a final score of 99-94. It's the first time Purdue has advanced out of the Sweet 16 since 2000. They will face top-seeded Virginia in the Elite Eight tomorrow.

(PHOTO: Kevin Cox/Getty Images)

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