LSU 'one-and-done' after Purdue

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -– Purdue went on a 13-0 run at start of the second half to break open a 32-32 halftime tie and run away with an 80-56 win Friday over LSU.<br><br>The Tigers' run in the NCAA Tournament ended in the first round of the South Regional at Birmingham-Jefferson Civic Center.

Purdue's Melvin Buckley scored 20 points leading the Boilermakers (19-10) to the school's eighth consecutive NCAA first round victory.

"We shot the ball as well as we have in a while today," Purdue head coach Gene Keady said.

For LSU (21-11), the 24-point loss was the school's worst ever defeat in NCAA action, surpassing a 23-point deficit at the hands of a David Robinson-led Navy club in the 1985 tournament.

"I though Purdue was very good today," LSU head coach John Brady said. "The ball never bounced our way. I give Purdue all the credit defensively."

For the second straight game, Tiger forward Ronald Dupree was held under double digits in scoring. Playing in his final game in an LSU uniform, Dupree scored only eight points. Joining Dupree in their final game as Tigers were LSU stalwarts Collis Temple III, Torris Bright and Brad Bridgewater.

Torris Bright gets covered up by Purdue forward Matt Kiefer. (AP/Frank Couch)

"I told Ronald after the game it was like a bad dream," Temple said. "I had to smile about it because if I didn't I would just cry. It was a nightmare.

"This is extremely hard for me to swallow that I am never going to put on that uniform and play for LSU."

Junior forward Jaime Lloreda led all Tigers in scoring with 21 points on 8-of-13 shooting. He also pulled down 14 rebounds in a losing effort.

"I am pretty shocked," Dupree said. "It was one of those games where we just never got going."

Brady has had problems with Big Ten teams in the NCAA Tournament. In his only other tourney appearance as LSU coach, the Wisconsin Badgers beat the Tigers 61-49 in the 2000 NCAA Sweet 16.

The game was a struggle on both sides in the first half.

Purdue opened the game with a 6-0 run, all points being scored by Boilermaker guard Kenneth Lowe. LSU battled back, though, seizing their lead of the game, 20-17, with an Antonio Hudson three-pointer at the 8:50 mark.

The Tigers largest lead was a three-point advantage, twice in the first half, the last being a 31-28 advantage on a bucket by Hudson at the 3:14 mark.

The Boilermakers stepped up the defensive pressure starting the second half holding the Tigers scoreless until a Lloreda layup with 16:42 left in the second period. At the time, Purdue held a commanding lead up 45-34.

"The first five minutes of the second half was the difference in the game," Dupree said. "They started knocking down shots and we couldn't answer."

Purdue shot only 39-percent from the floor in the first half. In the second, though, the Boilers hit 69-percent of all field goals and drained 75-percent (6-of-8) of three-point shots in the second period.

"The difference in the game was our field goal percentage in the second half," Keady said.

Bright was LSU's only other Tiger in double figures scoring 10 points.

"It is hard to fathom I went out of my LSU career the way I did," Temple said.


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