Purdue is going back to the Sweet Sixteen.
For the first time since 2010, the Boilermakers advanced to the Sweet Sixteen, this time doing it by scoring an 80-76 win over fifth-seeded Iowa State in the second round of the NCAA tournament.
What was a blowout turned into a nail-biting finish, the Cyclones using a monster run in the second half to erase what was at one point a 19-point lead for the Boilers.
Iowa State went on a 25-8 surge to turn a 15-point deficit into a two-point lead, getting a pair of free throws with a little more than three minutes left to take its first lead of the night.
But Purdue pulled off a perfect counter punch, scoring the next seven on a P.J. Thompson 3-pointer and buckets from Caleb Swanigan and Vincent Edwards to make it a five-point game, beneifting from back-to-back Iowa State turnovers.
The Cyclones made it a two-point game in the final minute with another small rally, and there seemed to be more life when Dakota Mathias missed the front end of a 1-and-1 set of free throws. But Swanigan cleaned up the offensive rebound, allowing an ensuing pair of free throws from Thompson to make it a four-point game and ice things.
Swanigan had a monster night, as has been a pretty common occurence throughout his player of the year caliber season. Saturday he totaled 20 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists.
Edwards was stellar, too, for Purdue, scoring 21 points and grabbing 10 rebounds.
The Boilers advanced to the Sweet Sixteen for the 10th time in program history and the third time under Matt Painter.