Beard was the coach at Arkansas-Little Rock when the 12th-seeded Trojans shocked Purdue 85-83 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament just two years ago.
Purdue (30-6) led by as many as 10 points in the second half of this all-Indiana matchup, but Butler (21-14) cut the deficit to two and had the ball in the final minute.
Paschal Chukwu connected on one free throw with 2.4 seconds left and the miss gave Michigan State a chance to win in dramatic fashion, but Winston couldn't make a long shot to be hailed in his hometown. Although the 7-footer practiced with the team Saturday and is working to get back, the Boilermakers are operating under the assumption that they will be without him on Sunday when they take on Butler. By the time his flurry ended, the Boilers led 50-45 with 15:12 left. By halftime Purdue had a 4 point lead that they would hold for the rest of the game, even getting up by 10 at one point in the second half. The Bulldogs are an under-seeded No. 10 seed, making them a unsafe opponent before Haas went down.
"He's been great for our program", Purdue coach Matt Painter said of Haas. "In our last game, Matt Haarms played 27 minutes in the game, so we're used to playing half the game without him anyway, so it doesn't change much". The same lineup had Ryan Cline at the 4 and he nailed a huge 3 to put the Boilers up 73-65 with 4:03 to go. "So he can go out there and get in warm-ups and do things, but I don't think he's going to play". The Boilers offense had again stagnated during this stretch, with a lot of drives into crowds around the hoop. Edwards finished the half with 12 points in 12 minutes. It was the first time in close to 10 minutes that Purdue had really been in danger. And it came, too, at a time when Purdue needed it most. Purdue faces third-seeded Texas Tech on Friday in Boston. He shot 6 for 8 from the field and added four rebounds for good measure.
Isaac Haas tried to push through it, but an elbow injury will keep the Purdue Boilermakers center out of a second-round matchup against the Butler Bulldogs on Sunday. It was his seventh 20-point effort of the season. Purdue wins its eighth straight game against teams from IN; it hasn't lost to a state school since a 77-73 loss to IU IN February 2016.
It came on the same court where, two nights earlier, UMBC made history by becoming the first 16-seed to beat a 1 when the Retrievers upset top overall seed Virginia. The win is the 104th in the careers of the Purdue senior class, tying it with the class of 2012 for second in team history behind only 2011 (107).
The Spartans took a school record 37 shots beyond the arc, making just eight of them.
Kelan Martin powered Butler with a game-high 29 points, but the Bulldogs' late rally came up short in the final seconds.