Zach Edey, No. 24 Purdue power past West Virginia

Seven-foot-4 Zach Edey produced 24 points and 12 rebounds as No. 24 Purdue led from start to finish in an 80-68 victory over West Virginia on Thursday night during Phil Knight Legacy quarterfinal action in Portland, Ore.Mason Gillis posted 14 points to complement Edey’s fourth double-double in as many games for the Boilermakers (4-0), who finished 24 of 28 at the free-throw line compared to West Virginia’s 11 of 17.Purdue will face the winner of No. 2 Gonzaga or Portland in a Friday semifinal, with West Virginia opposing the loser of the Bulldogs-Pilots game.Erik Stevenson paced the Mountaineers (4-1) with 17 points while Iowa transfer Joe Toussaint added 16 points, five rebounds and four assists.During Purdue’s eight days off between games, coach Matt Painter complained about Edey’s lack of touches when open in the post. The Boilers threw it inside on three of their first six possessions on Thursday as Edey scored six points to help Purdue build an 11-2 lead in the first four minutes.West Virginia pulled as close as three on Toussaint’s 3-pointer near the midpoint of the half, but the Boilermakers rebuilt the lead to 33-22 as Ethan Morton fed Edey for an alley-oop dunk before Gillis cashed in a baseline jumper with 6:18 left in the half.

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