Purdue earns first NCAA Tournament win in 5 years

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Purdue rides solid shooting and rebounding in the second half to an 80-70 win over Vermont in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

After falling in first round upsets in each of the last two seasons, the win marks the Boilermakers’ first NCAA Tournament win since 2012.

Purdue out-shot Vermont from the field in Thursday’s victory, 51 percent to 44 percent and out-rebounded the Catamounts, 38 to 28.

Also worth noting; Purdue blocked six shots, compared to only one block for Vermont.

Purdue will be back on the court in Milwaukee on Saturday, to take on Iowa State, who beat Nevada in the first round.