Purdue needs late 20-0 run to avoid Georgia State upset

Purdue guard Carsen Edwards (3) drives the ball to the basket off a Georgia State turnover in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in West Lafayette, Ind., Friday, Nov. 18, 2016. Purdue won, 64-56. (AP Photo/Doug McSchooler)
Purdue guard Carsen Edwards (3) drives the ball to the basket off a Georgia State turnover in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in West Lafayette, Ind., Friday, Nov. 18, 2016. Purdue won, 64-56. (AP Photo/Doug McSchooler)

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) –  Caleb Swanigan scored 18 points and No. 15 Purdue scored the final 20 points of the game to rally and beat Georgia State 64-56 on Friday night in the Cancun Challenge opener.
Trailing 56-44 with 7:08 to play, the Boilermakers (2-1) took over. Dakota Mathias hit two 3-pointers and P.J. Thompson one during the game-closing run.
Center Isaas Haas added 11 points for Purdue, and Jeremy Hollowell had 15 to lead Georgia State (1-2), which also got 13 points from D’Marcus Simonds.
Georgia State led 56-44 on a Malik Benlevi basket with 7:08 remaining, but Purdue pulled even at 56 on two Haas free throws with 3:57 remaining.
Coming off an emotional 79-76 loss to national champion and No. 3 Villanova on Monday night, the Boilermakers were flat throughout most of the game’s first 33 minutes before salvaging a victory with tenacious defense during the final seven minutes.