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  • Associated Press Purdue forward Vincent Edwards goes up for two of his 15 points Sunday in the Boilermakers’ victory.

  • Associated Press Chicago State guard Glen Burns and Purdue forward Grady Eifert fight to control the ball during the second half Sunday in West Lafayette. Eifert, a Bishop Dwenger graduate, scored nine points.

Monday, November 13, 2017 1:00 am

Purdue 111 Chicago State 42

Boilermakers' stifling defense drives offense

Edwardses combine for 40 points to lead another Purdue rout

JADE WASHBURN | Associated Press

WEST LAFAYETTE – Based on his stat lines and shooting volume, it's safe to say Purdue sophomore Carsen Edwards is an offensive-minded guard.

One such example was his 36-point performance against Israel in this summer's World University Games, which was the most by any player throughout the entire tournament.

But it was defense that excited Edwards on Sunday as the 20th-ranked Boilermakers beat Chicago State 111-42. Edwards had 25 points, a career best for a regular-season game, and attributed the offensive success to the team's stifling defense.

“I feel like when we start to get multiple stops in a row and then score, that's when you start to see the swing,” Edwards said. “But we made shots and made plays, I believe that's when there was a momentum swing.”

Vince Edwards added 15 points and 12 rebounds for his fifth career double-double. He is the only active player in the nation with at least 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 300 assists.

“That's what we expect of (Carsen),” Vince Edwards said. “He's going to have more of a responsibility this year. He wasn't attacking anything, he was picking his spots and that's what great players do. That's what he has to do and he can be one of the best players in the Big Ten when he does that.”

After defeating Southern Illinois-Edwardsville 105-74 in its season-opener Friday night, the Boilermakers have scored 100 or more points in consecutive games for the first time since February 1974.

Purdue (2-0) took complete control with a 35-3 run that lasted 8:58 and spanned both halves. From there, the Boilermakers never allowed more than four straight points.

The Cougars (0-2) committed 14 turnovers, leading to 22 points for Purdue, and managed only three field goals in the second half.

The Boilermakers led 59-28 at halftime, and outscored Chicago State 52-14 in the second half.

Dakota Mathias had 18 points and six assists, shooting 4-for-5 from 3-point range, and PJ Thompson added 16 points as the Boilermaker hit 12 3-point attempts.

Dieonte Simmon and Glen Burns each added seven points and three rebounds for Chicago State, which struggled to match Purdue's size and defensive intensity.

Purdue dominated the rebounding margin, 55-26, and scored 22 second-chance points.

“I think the thing we wanted to do a better job of was rebound the basketball, and I thought we did,” Purdue coach Matt Painter said. “I think some things are tough, relatively speaking, are tough to gauge when things come easy. We had to use our dribble a lot more, and that opened up a lot of things, because they try to take you out of what you want to run.”

Chicago State guard Fred Sims Jr. averaged 18.8 points per game in 2016, and had 15 in the Cougars' season-opener, but struggled against Purdue.

He scored just five points in 23 minutes, shooting 2-for-11 from the field.