Zach Edey's double-double helps Purdue top Gonzaga, 73-63, in Maui Invitational opener
Zach Edey and Purdue men’s basketball are 4-0 after a 73-63 win over Gonzaga in Monday’s 1st round of the Maui Invitational. Gonzaga held a 35-30 halftime lead before the Boilermakers eventually battled back for the win behind 43 2nd-half points.
Edey recorded a double-double on the afternoon with 25 points and 14 rebounds, adding 3 blocks. The senior was 8-of-16 from the floor but was nearly perfect from the free-throw line, sinking 9 of his 10 foul shots. Lance Jones and Braden Smith chipped in 13 points a piece.
💥💥💥 FINAL 💥💥💥
Second-half takeover. pic.twitter.com/Qgw14m6CmF
— Purdue Men's Basketball (@BoilerBall) November 20, 2023
Despite a 4-of-17 mark from 3-point range, Purdue was 47 percent from the field while holding Gonzaga to 38 percent. The Zags were led by Graham Ike’s 14 points and 7 rebounds, while Ryan Nembhard and Nolan Hickman each totaled 11.
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Purdue got the better of Gonzaga last season as well. During the Phil Knight Legacy in Portland in Nov. 2022, it came away with an 84-66 win behind Edey’s 23 points. The Boilermakers needed to work a little harder for this one, but they’re perfect in the early going.
Purdue next faces Tennessee, who topped Syracuse 73-56. Tuesday’s tipoff from Honolulu is set for 8 p.m. ET on ESPN.