WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind (WLFI) — Purdue senior guard Ryan Cline's performance led the Boilers to live another day. Purdue is dancing its way to the Elite 8.
Cline was 7 of 10 last night from beyond the arc and was crucial down the stretch.
A native from Carmel, Indiana, Cline graduated from Carmel High School. Even then, he would show promise.
"Your stomach starts getting in knots,” said Carmel High School Athletic Director Jim Inskeep. “You start thinking about; I don't know how those guys are doing it out there because I am nervous as all get out."
By the end of the game Purdue was scraping for a rise to the top. Cline came to the rescue.
"I've watched that several times coaching him,” said Cline’s old high school Coach Scott Heady. “You know, when he was in high school."
Coach Heady was Cline's old high school coach who pushed Cline to be better.
"It's not like that he was really good from the start,” said Heady. “You know, he made himself a better player in high school through a lot of hard work."
After Cline graduated high school, Coach Heady left to work for Marian University. They were able to meet again, but this time it was on the court, across from each other.
"We played an exhibition game against him,” said Heady.
Even then, Cline was a straight shooter. Beating the team to victory against Marian.
"I think he hit seven that night,” said Heady.
Cline's 3-point clip was there all along saving the day from the courts of Carmel High school, to the courts of the NCAA Tournament.
"To watch them rise up in the occasion and to see him take those shots with such confidence,” said Inskeep. “With the shot clock going down. It's just really fun to watch for someone, you know, we've watched him grow up through the years."