Purdue Has Senior Moment Against IU

West Lafayette, Ind. - Purdue's 1-2 combination was more than IU could take. Carl Landry bloodied IU with 22 points and 11 rebounds, but it was David Teague who buried the Hoosiers with six 3-pointers and a career-high 32 points to carry Purdue to a 81-68 win over Indiana at Mackey Arena.

West Lafayette, Ind. - Purdue's 1-2 combination was more than IU could take.

Carl Landry bloodied IU with 22 points and 11 rebounds, but it was David Teague who buried the Hoosiers with six 3-pointers and a career-high 32 points to carry Purdue to a 81-68 win over Indiana at Mackey Arena.

The loss dropped Indiana to 17-7 and 7-4 in the Big Ten, while Purdue got a much-needed win for its NCAA resume and improved to 17-9 overall and 6-6 in the conference.

The outcome was particularly rewarding to Purdue's two seniors, who hadn't forgotten the 27-point drubbing they'd taken last month in Bloomington.

"This is our last crack at (the NCAA Tournament), our last crack at IU," Teague said. "We wanted this to be a special day for us."

That it was, and the day was capped with Teague corralling the ball as the buzzer sounded and launching it off the Mackey Arena scoreboard. Landry then picked up the stray ball and did the same, seemingly letting loose the frustration that's come with of a couple years worth of injuries and a whole bunch of losses for the duo.

"These are the moments when senior players have to step up and make plays and that's what we did," Landry said.

While Purdue rode its two fifth-year seniors, Indiana countered with D.J. White, who finished with 20 points on 7-of-11 shooting, including 16 in the first half. But after White scored the Hoosiers first three points of the second half, he went 16 ½ minutes without another point before finally hitting a free throw with under two minutes remaining and the game out of reach.

White's second half struggles coincided with his team's problems. After battling back from an 11-point deficit in the first half and then overcoming a five-point deficit early in the second half, Indiana wrestled the lead away from Purdue for the first time with a little more than 13 minutes remaining on an Armon Bassett 3-pointer.

But Landry answered with a free throw and then Teague hit a 7-foot leaner in the lane to recapture the lead. A Rod Wilmont 10-footer put IU up moments later, 52-51, but Purdue forward Gordon Watt came up with back-to-back steals that produced buckets, and Purdue would never trail again.

"We turned it over those two times straight, and I really felt that swung the game," IU Coach Kelvin Sampson said.

Sampson had fully expected to get Purdue's best shot Thursday. Not only were the Boilermakers still stinging from last month's beating in Bloomington, but this was one of their final chances to get the sort of marquee win many believed they still needed to get into the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2003.

Purdue dished it out early, and it appeared IU had managed to absorb it and compose itself. But down the stretch it was Purdue that came up with all of the critical plays on both ends of the floor.

"In the second half, we found a way to get the lead, and then…I'm not sure what happened," Sampson said.

Making matters worse for the Hoosiers was the fact Thursday's result could have some additional consequences. Indiana was already playing without forward Lance Stemler, who sprained his ankle earlier this week in practice, and now it may have lost its point guard for Saturday's game against Michigan.

Earl Calloway appeared to injure his right shoulder midway through the second half while trying to get around a screen and didn't return. Afterwards, Sampson said he thought it would be "hard to imagine" the senior point guard would be able to play Saturday. Sampson was unsure whether Stemler would be able to play, but said if the game was being played Friday, Stemler wouldn't be ready.

That makes Thursday's result a potentially disastrous one for Indiana, but an equally rewarding one for Purdue Coach Matt Painter. While he said it was great to see his team beat its arch-rival in front of a sold-out Mackey Arena, the win was critical for other reasons.

"People ask about the rivalry, what was more important for us to beat a team of the caliber of Indiana, that's in the teens in the RPI..not because they blew us out down there," Painter said.

INDIANA 68
D. White 7-11 6-8 20, Bassett 5-14 4-4 16, Wilmont 5-11 5-6 15, Calloway 1-2 4-4 6, Ratliff 2-6 0-0 6, Suhr 0-0 0-0 0, Shaw 1-2 2-4 5, M. White 0-0 0-0 0, Keeling 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 21-46 21-26 68.

PURDUE 81
Watt 1-4 2-3 4, Landry 8-11 6-7 22, Teague 11-18 4-5 32, Kramer 0-3 4-6 4, Grant 0-4 0-0 0, Crump 4-9 5-6 13, Lutz 2-3 0-0 6, Green 0-0 0-0 0, Uchendu 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 26-52 21-27 81.

3-Pointers: Indiana 5-11 (Bassett 2-4, Ratliff 2-4, Shaw 1-2, Wilmont 0-1), Purdue 8-17 (Teague 6-8, Lutz 2-3, Grant 0-3, Kramer 0-2, Crump 0-1). Rebounds: Indiana 28 (D. White 8), Purdue 32 (Landry 11). Assists: Indiana 10 (Bassett 5), Purdue 16 (Green 4). Turnovers: Indiana 16 (D. White 3, Bassett 3, Ratliff 3, Shaw 3), Purdue 13 (Landry 4, Teague 4). Blocks: Indiana 2 (Ratliff, Shaw), Purdue 6 (Watt 2, Teague 2). Steals: Indiana 6 (Bassett 3), Purdue 7 (Watt 4). Attendance: 14,123. Officials: Tom O'Neill, Sid Rodeheffer, Zelton Steed.

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