Pur­due wins de­spite big Iowa St. rally

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mil­wau­kee» Caleb Swani­gan had 20 points, 12 re­bounds and seven as­sists, and Pur­due reached the Sweet 16 for the first time in seven years with a wild 80-76 vic­tory over Iowa State on Satur­day night.

The Cy­clones erased a 19point deficit in the sec­ond half, tak­ing their first lead of the game on Deonte Bur­ton’s two free throws with 3:11 left. But P.J. Thomp­son re­sponded with a crit­i­cal 3-pointer for the Boil­er­mak­ers, and Swani­gan made sev­eral huge plays in the fi­nal min­utes.

After Dakota Mathias missed the front end of a 1-and-1 with 11 sec­onds left and Pur­due cling­ing to a 78-76 lead, Swani­gan tracked down the re­bound to set up Thomp­son’s free throws with 7 sec­onds re­main­ing. Monte Mor­ris missed a 3 on the other end, and time ran out.

Vince Ed­wards had 21 points and 10 re­bounds for Pur­due (27-7). Isaac Haas fin­ished with 14 points, help­ing the Boil­er­mak­ers to a 23-5 ad­van­tage in bench points.

Iowa State (24-11) had won 10 of 11, mov­ing to the brink of its third ap­pear­ance in the Sweet 16 in four years.

Bur­ton scored 17 of his 25 points in the sec­ond half, putting on a show in his home­town of Mil­wau­kee. Matt Thomas, an­other Wis­con­sin na­tive, had 20 points on 9-for11 shoot­ing, and Mor­ris fin­ished with 18 points and nine as­sists in the fi­nal game of his stand­out ca­reer.

For a while, it looked as if Iowa State’s sto­ried se­nior class was headed for a rough end­ing, trail­ing 58-39 with 14:23 left.

But the Cy­clones re­sponded with a fu­ri­ous comeback. Thomas capped a 14-2 run with a layup that trimmed Pur­due’s lead to 63-60 with 8:02 left. Two free throws by Bur­ton and a jumper by Thomas tied it at 71 with 3:45 re­main­ing.

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