Swanigan’s 26 points lead No. 15 Purdue past No. 21 ND

Purdue forward Caleb Swanigan dunks against Notre Dame during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Indianapolis, Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
Purdue forward Caleb Swanigan dunks against Notre Dame during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Indianapolis, Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Caleb Swanigan had 26 points and 10 rebounds, Vincent Edwards finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds, and No. 15 Purdue escaped with an 86-81 victory over No. 21 Notre Dame on Saturday, the Boilermakers’ first win in the Crossroads Classic since it began six years ago.

Swanigan’s three-point play at the end of a 13-2 run gave the Boilermakers a 70-67 lead with 9:41 to play.

The Boilermakers (9-2) opened the second half with a 12-2 run to cut the deficit to four and then went on a 10-0 run midway through the half to take a lead.

The Fighting Irish (9-2) blew a 16-point lead against Indiana in the Crossroads Classic a year ago and lost that game 80-73.

Bonzie Colson had 23 points and 10 rebounds and Matt Farrell finished with 22 points, 10 assists and five rebounds for Notre Dame, which has lost two straight.