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Purdue’s Edwards, Haarms deny Villanova of a Sweet 16 in 87-61 loss

The Villanova Wildcats’ journey through the 2019 NCAA Tournament came to a screeching halt on Saturday night, as a hot-shooting Purdue Boilermakers prevailed over the ‘Cats in a 87-61 lopsided loss to fall short of the Sweet 16.

The Boilermakers, who struggled to find efficiency or an offensive rhythm in their opening round showdown with Old Dominion on Thursday night, left the cold-shooting hands at the hotel for Saturday’s Round of 32 matchup.

Purdue didn’t look like a team that was fresh off of a mediocre 30 percent three-point shooting performance. The Boilermakers took control from the start, with All-American guard Carsen Edwards catching fire from deep.