(12) Arkansas Little Rock 85 – (5) Purdue 83 F/2OT
Recap: 12-5 upset part two. Purdue squandered leads in both regulation and overtime on the way to botching what should have been a win. The Boilermakers were up 13 points with 3:33 left in the game. 13… Arkansas Little Rock outscored Purdue 20-7 the rest of the way to force overtime. Diminutive point guard Josh Hagins drilled a three from another era code to tie it at the end of regulation. Hagins proved clutch yet again, hitting a step back jumper with 18 seconds left in OT knotting the score and forcing another extra period. Purdue dug themselves an immediate 5 point hole in double OT. They pulled to within 1 point with ticks left on the clock 12, though it was all for not. The Trojans march victorious.
Key Stat: Arkansas Little Rock doubled up Purdue in the turnover category 18 to 9. The Trojans capitalized for 25 points off those 18 turnovers. Josh Hagins notched a career high 31 points.
Quote: “That’s just the game, man. Like coach said, that’s been our Achilles tendon all year. It hurts. They did the necessary plays. They kept fighting. We got up double-digits, 10, 11 points. We thought the game was over. We got complacent with our lead. We didn’t put our foot down and take control of the lead and keep it going, stay strong. Hats off to Little Rock.” – Purdue guard Vince Edwards