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Zach Edey MVP performance Purdue basketball Maui Invitational title

Purdue Boilermakers win Maui Invitational after defeating Marquette in a thrilling game. Zach Edey leads the team to victory.

Purdue's incredible performance in the Maui Invitational has placed them at the top of the polls. After securing three impressive top-10 victories in Honolulu, including a 78-75 win over No. 5 Marquette in the championship game, the Boilermakers have solidified their position. They managed to maintain their lead despite a strong comeback effort from Marquette, who fought back to within one point in the final minute.

Purdue's success in the game was due in part to a stellar first half, where they hit 7 of 9 first-half 3-pointers and led 45-33 at halftime. Although Marquette's Tyler Kolek and his teammates put up a tough fight, Purdue's reigning National Player of the Year, Zach Edey, proved to be the X-factor. Edey's outstanding performance earned him the MVP title, as he finished with 28 points and 15 rebounds, including two crucial blocks.

In addition to Edey's contributions, Braden Smith and Lance Jones played pivotal roles in Purdue's victory. Smith scored 18 points on 7 of 11 shooting, while Jones' defense in the first half and three 3-pointers were critical to maintaining Purdue's lead. Despite some struggles, including missed free throws, the Boilermakers managed to secure the win and claim the Maui Invitational title.

As Purdue looks ahead, their impressive performance in the Maui Invitational has set the stage for a potential No. 1 national ranking. With their remarkable display of skill, determination, and teamwork, Purdue has proven that they are a force to be reckoned with in college basketball.

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