Wildcats at Mackey Arena in West Lafayette Saturday afternoon."> Wildcats at Mackey Arena in West Lafayette Saturday afternoon.">

It Was Closer than the Score - PU 82 NU68

Three <b>NU Wildcats</b> shot in double figures, and the team shot almost 50% from the floor, but Purdue steals, NU Turnovers and "the Scoring Machine" combined to down the <b>Wildcats</b> at Mackey Arena in West Lafayette Saturday afternoon.

For a while in the first half, it looked like the Cats had figured out how to handle Keadyball, and they opened a 7 point lead, but Purdue went on a 22-7 run and wound up ahead at the half.

In the second half, Purdue managed to keep ahead of the Cats until the final minutes when NU closed to within 4. Good defense and timely free throw shooting led to the apparently lop sided score.

For the Wildcats, Jitim Young appears out of his slump as he shot 9-12 from the field, 1-3 from the arc and 2-3 from the line to hit 21 with 6 rebounds. Center Aaron Jennings was 5-14/2-5 and 2-2 for 14 points and 7 rebounds. Winston Blake who almost didn't start for Bill Carmody looked like he was starting to break out of his shooting slump; he was 4-11/2-6 with 10 points.

T.J. Parker spent the afternoon guarding Willie Deane and shot 2-4/1-1/3-3 to get 8 points with 4 boards, and Jason Burke pumped in 7 points. The Cats only played 7 Saturday.

Guard Willie Deane was the high scorer for Purdue [23 points], and single handedly seemed to pick up the Boilermakers in the first half when they were down by 7. But in the second half, when the Cats were closing to 4 points, Guard Brandon McNight [10 pts], and Forward Kenneth Lowe [14 pts] kept the game close, as did Melvin Buckley's 7-8 free throw shooting at the end of the game - he had 10 points.

It doesn't get any easier for the Wildcats - next game is also in Indiana, up the road in Bloomington where they face the Hoosiers and "screamin'" Mike Davis. Game is at 6 PM CST Wednesday.

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