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Texas snaps 3-game skid against Purdue 72-68

Texas snaps 3-game skid against Purdue 72-68
5 years 5 months 2 weeks ago Sunday, December 09 2018 Dec 9, 2018 December 09, 2018 7:22 PM December 09, 2018 in Sports - AP - Texas

By JIM VERTUNO
AP Sports Writer

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Matt Coleman III scored 22 points and delivered the big second-half counterpunches Texas needed to overcome a career effort from Purdue's Carsen Edwards as the Longhorns snapped a three-game losing streak with a 72-68 victory Sunday.

Coleman scored six of Texas' final eight points, including a 3 pointer and a short jumper in the lane that were crucial to keeping Texas (6-3) in the lead before Edwards' seventh 3-pointer of the game.

Edwards tied his career high with 40 points but didn't get a chance to get off a potential winner at the end. After Coleman missed the second of two free throws to keep the Boilermakers within 70-68 with 21 seconds left, the Longhorns sent two defenders at Edwards who had to pass the ball away.

Purdue's Aaron Wheeler then turned the ball over on the Texas baseline with five seconds left. Elijah Mitrou-Long made two free throws to the Longhorns ahead by four.

Texas, which came in as one of the worst 3-point shooting teams in the country, made 11 3s against the Boilermakers (6-4).

Jaxson Hayes scored 14 points for Texas on 6-of-6 shooting.

BIG PICTURE

Purdue: Edwards was exceptional. The rest of the Boilermakers barely showed up. Purdue had a brutal day shooting the ball from long range. The Boilermakers came in having made 102 3-pointers, a clip of slightly better than 11 per game, among the best in the nation. They were 2 of 16 from behind the arc in the first half and 9 of 32 for the game.

Texas: The Longhorns needed this win in the worst way. After dropping out of the Top 25 with losses to Radford and VCU, the Longhorns were in danger of falling into a rut they might never have climbed out of. Four Longhorns scored in double figures.

UP NEXT

Purdue's early season grind continues when the Boilermakers play Notre Dame in Indianapolis on Dec. 15.

Texas hosts Grand Canyon on Dec. 15.

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