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Purdue beats Villanova 80-74 to win Tip-Off tournament

The Boilermakers are the first repeat winners of the Tip-Off Classic.
Credit: AP
Purdue's Zach Edey (15) shoots as Villanova's Eric Dixon (43) defends in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Sunday, Nov. 21, 2021, in Uncasville, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

MONTVILLE, Connecticut — It was a big night for Purdue Basketball. Zach Edey scored 21 points and No. 6 Purdue overcame an 11-point second-half deficit to beat No. 5 Villanova 80-74 and win the Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament. 

The game was filled with spectacular scoring plays. 

Caleb Furst and Isaiah Thompson each added 12 points for the Boilermakers. They dominated underneath, outscoring the Wildcats 38-18 in the paint and outrebounding them 38-26. 

Justin Moore had 19 points, Caleb Daniels added 17 and Collin Gillespie had 14 for 3-2 Villanova.

The Wildcats led 33-31 at halftime, scored the first five points in the second half and were up 57-46 after a 3-pointer by Daniels with nine minutes left. But 5-0 Purdue outscored them 34-17 the rest of the way. 

The Boilermakers are the first repeat winners of the Tip-Off Classic.