The Eagles (7-12, 3-3 Ohio Valley Conference), who have won three straight, put together runs of 8-0 and 7-0 late in the first half to take a 39-30 lead at the break. The Skyhawks (5-12, 0-6), who have lost seven straight, got the deficit to less than 10 for the final seven minutes.
UT Martin cut the deficit to 68-63 with 6:03 to play when Dere Hawthorne Jr. followed up a 3-pointer with a jumper but could not get that close again.
With Harris missing just one shot and going 7 of 8 in the second half, Eagles shot 63 percent to finish at 60 for the game.
Hawthorne led a balanced UT Martin attack with 14 points.
The Skyhawks shot 62 percent in the second half, going 7 of 11 from distance, and finished the game at 55 percent but their 16 turnovers were turned into 25 points.
Edwards hits from all the way downtown
Carsen Edwards pulls up from the logo to hit an early 3-pointer for Purdue.
Edwards leads Purdue past ODU 61-48 in 1st round of NCAA
Carsen Edwards scored 26 points and third-seeded Purdue coasted to a 61-48 victory against Old Dominion on Thursday night in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
Best of 2019 NCAA tournament Thursday
A look at the best of the first round on Thursday in the 2019 NCAA tournament.