CHARLESTON, S.C. — No. 23 Purdue topped Appalachian State 92-70 Thursday at the Charleston Classic.
Carsen Edwards scored 25 points and Ryan Cline added 21. Both Boilermaker starters hit four of the team's 13 3-pointers.
The Boilermakers (3-0) came out fast and never let up, grabbing a 13-2 lead to grab control. Edwards had two 3-pointers in the stretch.
The 6-foot-1 junior has scored 30, 23 and 25 points in Purdue's three wins. He showed his speed and dexterity when he took a blocked shot by center Matt Haarms by his own foul line, raced up court, split two Mountaineer defenders and switched hands on the way up for a layup.
Edwards didn't let up at halftime with the Boilermakers ahead by double digits, nailing a high-arching straightaway three about 4 feet beyond the line.
"We're just going to try and continue to play ball," Edwards said. "Getting some easy stops helps the offense get in transition."
Justin Forrest topped the Mountaineers (1-2) with 14 points.
The Boilers will face Davidson on Friday in the semifinal round. Davidson rallied from 10 points down in the second half to defeat Wichita State 57-53. The Wildcats got a career-high 33 points from Jon Axel Gudmundsson.
Gudmundsson, a 6-foot-4 junior, surpassed his previous high of 24 points last accomplished in a January against George Mason.
He looked like an unstoppable one-man show down the stretch. He tied the game at 50-all with a three-point play, the broke that tie with under a minute to go with a 3-pointer. Gudmundsson closed things out with four foul shots.
Gudmundsson, from Iceland, played nationally for his country and has always been a player teammates have looked for. "So I'm comfortable in that," he said.
In the other semifinal game, Northeastern will face No. 16 Virginia Tech.
Northeastern beat Alabama 68-52. Virginia Tech beat Ball State 73-64. Kokomo's Tayler Persons led BSU with 21 points.
In the consolation bracket, Alabama will play Ball State and Appalachian State takes on the Shockers.