42 points. Ten of Nineteen from three. Four of four from the line. Four of six on two point attempts.
No, Carsen Edwards’ Purdue Boilermakers did not come out on top on Saturday against the Virginia Cavaliers, but Edwards played the best game anyone has ever put up against a Tony Bennett lead UVa squad.
Not Jairus Lyles. Not Zion Williamson or RJ Barrett. Not Marvin Bagley.
Perhaps the best way to view it is to view the rest of Purdue’s box score. Though Edwards did lead the team in turnovers, nobody else put up more than 7 points the entire game. Edwards accounted for 42% of Purdue’s points and probably should have taken more shots.
Those aren’t gimmes either. Only two of Edwards 25 shots came in the lane. Most of those three attempts are deep.
Though the story has been told already, the frustration Edwards put on UVa’s defense can best be exemplified by what happened late in the second half. With UVa up 66-67 and putting the screws to Purdue defensively, Edwards launched what was seemingly an off-balanced three from far beyond the three point line. Edwards banked in the shot giving Purdue a 69-67 lead with just 1:11 left. Bennett told reporters after the game that when Edwards hit that shot he ripped his gamecard up. You just can’t guard that.
In perhaps the most important game of both Purdue and Virginia’s program history Edwards was able to score as many or more points than seven opponents have scored over the last two years against UVa. Not all scrub teams either with Clemson, Vanderbilt, Pitt, and Wisconsin all a part of that list.
For UVa fans, this game will always be remembered for Kihei’s pass, Mamadi’s shot, or clinching a Final Four berth but just as much respect needs to be given to the game Edwards put forth.