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After 11 years, popular Crossroads Classic tips off for the final time

The Boilermakers rebounded from their roughest week of the season with perhaps their most impressive win this year.
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Purdue center Zach Edey (15) dunks the ball ahead of Butler forward Ty Groce, left, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 18, 2021, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)

INDIANAPOLIS — There were big crowds downtown at Gainbridge Fieldhouse on Saturday for the final Crossroads Classic. After 11 years, the popular event tipped off for the final time. 

Jaden Ivey scored 22 points and Zach Edey finished with 14 points and 11 rebounds to help No. 3 Purdue rout Butler 77-48 in the first game of the day. 

The Boilermakers rebounded from their roughest week of the season with perhaps their most impressive win this year.

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The Bulldogs were led by Bryce Golden with 17 points and Jayden Taylor with 11 but had a four-game winning streak snapped and trailed by as many as 36 points in the second half.

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The Boilermakers improved to 10-1 this season.

The Bulldogs open Big East play on Thursday with a road game at St. John's. Saturday's game was their final non-conference matchup of the season.

In the second game of the day, Indiana University took on Notre Dame University. 

Trayce Jackson-Davis scored 17 points with 12 rebounds, Parker Stewart added 12 points and Indiana rallied past Notre Dame 64-56. 

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Jackson-Davis, who has 26 career double-doubles and three this season, had a dunk and a pair of free throws to finish off a 12-3 surge for the Hooisers as they broke away from a tie at 46. 

Race Thompson and Xavier Johnson each scored 11 for Indiana. 

Dane Goodwin led the Irish with 15 points and six rebounds, Blake Wesley added 14 points and Paul Atkinson notched his second double-double of the season with 11 points and 11 boards.

 

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