No team has had as much success against Indiana in recent years as Purdue. Now no coach has ever had as many victories against Bob Knight as Gene Keady.
Chad Austin and Brad Miller each scored 23 points Tuesday night as the eighth-ranked Boilermakers overcame a 10-point deficit in the first half and held off a late rally to beat Indiana 94-89. "We wanted to outhustle them because we felt they outhustled us down at their place, and I think we accomplished that," Keady said, referring to the Boilermakers' six-point loss in Bloomington last month.
This time, despite poor shooting and the absence of Jaraan Cornell with a badly sprained ankle after only three minutes, the Boilermakers kept the pressure on the Hoosiers throughout. "That's how coach Keady has always been. We've got to fight through the calls, the injuries ... you never know what's going to happen on the court," Miller said. "Even though we only lost by six, they pretty much whipped us down there. We just put a poor effort down there and wanted to really come out and be strong," the Purdue center said. "We didn't shoot the ball well, but we made up for it with pressing, causing turnovers, free throws, and we rebounded extremely well."
It was Purdue's fifth victory in the past six games against the Hoosiers and a record 18th victory for Keady against Knight. Former Michigan State coach Jud Heathcote beat Knight's Hoosiers 17 times. The Boilermakers (21-4, 9-2 Big Ten) took advantage of 16 first-half Indiana turnovers to take a four-point lead at halftime and pulled away to a 13-point lead midway through the second half. "We came in at the half with 16 turnovers, and we actually played fairly well with the exception of that," Knight said. "That was really a big difference. The way our offense has been producing when we don't turn the ball over, that was a really big factor. "They had a chance to maybe knock us out of it there and we got back in it. So some things were good for us, but obviously the most important thing is the final score."
Indiana (16-7, 7-4) rallied behind Andrae Patterson, who had 21 of his season-high 27 points in the second half, and the Hoosiers tied the game 74-74 on a basket by A.J. Guyton. Austin then hit two consecutive baskets to put Purdue ahead to stay. "It was a tough win for us. Our pressure did a good job of getting us back in the game," Austin said. "Down the stretch, we did some things where they could have won the game. But we won and that's the most important thing."
Indiana trailed 81-80
After two free throws by Patterson with 3:33 to go. But Austin hit a 3-pointer and Miller added two free throws for a six-point lead. The Hoosiers cut the deficit 92-89 on a 3-pointer by Guyton with 13 seconds to go and had a chance to tie after Guyton stole the ball. Rob Turner missed a 3-point attempt, however, and Miller rebounded and was fouled, hitting the final fre throws with five seconds left.
Brian Cardinal added 16 points for Purdue. Guyton finished with 18 points for the Hoosiers. Indiana, which shot 56 percent for the game, hit its first four shots -- three of them 3-pointers by Michael Lewis, Guyton and Luke Recker -- and took a 20-10 lead on Guyton's second 3-pointer. But the Hoosiers' shooting cooled, and repeated turnovers -- 24 for the game to just 12 for Purdue -- began to turn the momentum.
The only Indiana points during one four-minute stretch in the first half were on two free throws by Lewis after a technical foul on Keady. Austin, Cardinal and Alan Eldridge each hit two free throws in a 26-second span to give Purdue its biggest lead of the half, 37-29, and the Boilermakers led 41-37 at halftime despite shooting only 35 percent. Purdue, which shot 39 percent for the game, took its biggest lead at 65-52 after a 12-2 run. Austin had six points during that streak.
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