Sunday, January 26, 2003

Purdue 69, No. 14 Indiana 47

Boilermakers energized by sellout crowd

The Associated Press

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - As Purdue sprinted on the court during pregame introductions to a raucous sellout crowd that for once drowned out the band, coach Gene Keady felt that energy would rub off on his team.

Kenny Lowe scored 19 points, Willie Deane had 18 and Chris Booker 13 as Purdue dominated from start to finish in a 69-47 win Saturday over No.14 Indiana.

"We tend to take a lot of energy from our crowd," Keady said. "Our crowd really helped us."

The Boilermakers (12-4, 4-1 Big Ten) snapped a five-game losing streak to the Hoosiers (14-4, 4-2) and improved to 10-0 at home. It was their first win over a Top 25 team since they beat No. 9 Illinois on Jan. 9, 2002. Purdue was 1-12 in its last 13 games against ranked teams.

"We're starting to do some things where we can beat good teams," Keady said.

Purdue beat Louisville just before it entered the Top 25, and defeated Michigan State the day after it fell out of the poll.

The win showed that after two years of mediocrity - and no NCAA Tournament appearances - the Boilermakers are once again a conference contender. They're off to their best start in three years.

"A lot of people still think we're the team from last year, and it makes me sick," Lowe said. "We're not getting respect because of the team of last year."

Purdue did plenty of good things against Indiana and controlled the game from the outset, thanks largely to guards Lowe and Deane.

Lowe hit three 3-pointers and scored 13 points, and Deane had seven points in the first 10 minutes, as Purdue jumped to a 22-12 lead and never let the lead dip below 11.

Lowe made his first six shots and scored 17 points in the first half.

"He certainly was the guy that ignited us," Keady said. "He has that type of charisma that can get teams going."

Keady was concerned about Purdue's ability to maintain its energy in the second half, but it was unnecessary.

The Hoosiers, who trailed 37-25 at halftime, pulled within 11 four minutes into the second half, but Purdue scored the next eight points and would lead by as many as 24.

"We came out and played better," Keady said. "I thought we played the first four or five minutes of the second half better than the first."

Tom Coverdale led the Hoosiers with 13 points and A.J. Moye had 11. Indiana had season lows in points, field-goal shooting (29.3), and 3-point shooting (3-for-20).

Indiana coach Mike Davis was so angry with his team, that he wouldn't relay to the media his postgame speech to the Hoosiers.

"I'm going to have to ask God to forgive me for a lot of the things I said in there," he said.

Indiana beat Purdue 66-63 in December in a nonconference game.

INDIANA (14-4)-Hornsby 1-5 0-0 2, Newton 2-14 2-4 7, Leach 0-2 0-0 0, Moye 4-6 2-3 11, Coverdale 4-11 4-4 13, Perry 1-6 2-4 4, Johnson 0-2 0-0 0, Strickland 1-4 0-0 2, Kline 3-5 0-0 6, Roberts 1-1 0-0 2, Tapak 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 17-58 10-15 47.

PURDUE (12-4)-Lowe 7-11 2-2 19, Booker 4-7 4-5 13, Kartelo 0-1 0-0 0, Deane 6-14 5-7 18, McKnight 1-5 2-2 4, Teague 1-1 0-0 2, Buscher 1-3 0-0 2, Ford 1-1 0-0 2, Parkinson 0-2 0-0 0, Buckley 0-0 0-0 0, Kilgore 2-9 1-2 5, Garrity 0-0 0-0 0, Kiefer 1-3 2-2 4. Totals 24-57 16-20 69.

Halftime-Purdue 37-25. 3-point goals-Indiana 3-20 (Moye 1-1, Newton 1-3, Coverdale 1-7, Johnson 0-1, Strickland 0-1, Hornsby 0-2, Tapak 0-2, Perry 0-3), Purdue 5-13 (Lowe 3-4, Booker 1-2, Deane 1-4, McKnight 0-1, Parkinson 0-1, Kilgore 0-1). Fouled out-Kline, Booker. Rebounds-Indiana 33 (Newton 9), Purdue 40 (Deane 8). Assists-Indiana 9 (Coverdale, Strickland 3), Purdue 13 (McKnight 5). Total fouls-Indiana 20, Purdue 19. A-14,123.

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