NEW YORK (AP) Vincent Edwards was back to normal after a sprained ankle had him hobbling to the end of the regular season. It was a good thing for Purdue, too, because the Boilermakers needed Edwards at his best to fight back feisty Rutgers and a partisan crowd at Madison Square Garden.
Edwards scored 26 points as No. 8 Purdue advanced to the Big Ten Tournament semifinals with an 82-75 victory Friday night.
Edwards injured his left ankle two weeks ago and missed two games. He played 25 minutes in Purdue's regular-season finale against Minnesota to knock the rust off and then had a few extra days to rest with the Boilermakers getting a double bye in the conference tournament.