Purdue finds itself in tough fight with St. Peter's in 1st half of Sweet 16
Purdue owns a halftime lead on St. Peter’s in the Sweet 16 but it didn’t come easy.
The Boilermakers own a 33-29 advantage on the Peacocks, thanks in large part to the play of Sasha Stefanovic. The senior guard, who has been struggling of late, scored 11 points in the first 20 minutes, making 3 triples to lead the way for Purdue.
Zach Edey scored 7 points and Mason Gillis and Jaden Ivey ended the half with 4. Trevion Williams led the way on the glass with 5 rebounds.
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St. Peter’ s got 11 points from Clarence Rupert to lead the way. Jaylen Murray scored 6 off the bench. The Peacocks got 4 assists from KC Ndefo.
Purdue struggled on the offensive side, turning the ball over 9 times compared to St. Peter’s 4. The Boilermakers also weren’t getting to the free throw line as frequently as they did in wins over Yale and Texas, making just 6 trips and converting on 5 free throws.
Purdue was a Final Four preseason favorite while St. Peter’s is the Cinderella story of this year’s NCAA Tournament. The winner will take on the winner of UCLA-North Carolina in the Elite 8 on Sunday.