Boilermakers tougher

For the second straight game the Wildcats' offense abandoned them. For the second straight game they lost. Arizona's disappointing 2007 season came to a disappointing end as Purdue beat the Wildcats 72-63 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

Arizona failed to take care of the ball and got killed on the offensive glass. Arizona committed 17 turnovers and surrendered 18 offensive rebounds.

Purdue scored just eight second half field goals, but held the Wildcats scoreless for the first 6:28 of the second half. Purdue played typical Big-10 basketball and the Wildcats never adjusted. It was a physical game and the Wildcats were out worked and out hustled by the Boilermakers.

For Mustafa Shakur it was an interesting end to an rocky career. He finished with eight assists, but committed eight turnovers. He made just 3-of-7 shots, with two of the makes coming during a late run where the Cats cut the lead to two.

Arizona made a pair of runs, a 7-0 and a 6-0 run, to cut the lead to two with 5:30. Purdue scored the next six points to all but seal the win.

Defensively, the Wildcats were good. They held the Boilermakers to just 38.1% shooting, but gave them too many extra possessions with their lackluster play on the offensive glass and excess turnovers.

Jawann McClellan gave the Wildcats a spark in the first half. The struggling wing scored 12 points, 10 in the first half and had his best game in well over a month.

Chase Budinger led the Wildcats with 15 points but only took nine shots and was not able to take control. Ivan Radenovic scored 12 points and grabbed nine rebounds in his final outing as a Wildcat.

Chris Lutz and Chris Kramer each scored 16 points for Purdue.


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