Northwestern Wildcats let Purdue's best player beat them in a 82-68 loss at Mackey Arena Saturday afternoon.

Senior guard Willie Deane, the Big Ten's leader scorer last season, led Purdue with a season-high 23 points. "> Northwestern Wildcats let Purdue's best player beat them in a 82-68 loss at Mackey Arena Saturday afternoon.

Senior guard Willie Deane, the Big Ten's leader scorer last season, led Purdue with a season-high 23 points. ">

Northwestern vs. Purdue Post-Game Digest

The <b><font color="#663366">Northwestern Wildcats</font></b> let Purdue's best player beat them in a 82-68 loss at Mackey Arena Saturday afternoon. <p>Senior guard <b>Willie Deane</b>, the Big Ten's leader scorer last season, led <b>Purdue</b> with a season-high 23 points.

After committing turnovers on three of their first four possessions, Northwestern eventually took a 13-12 lead with 12:05 to go in the first-half on a three-point field goal by Aaron Jennings.

The Wildcats stretched their lead to as many as seven points just over midway through the first-half before another string of turnovers let the Boilermakers back into the game.

The Boilermakers tied the game at 25 on a three-point basket with 5:38 to play in the first-half. Purdue regained the lead and then extended it to eight points on a fall-away three-pointer at the buzzer by Deane to take a 38-30 lead at the half.

While Purdue controlled the tempo of the game and continued to force Northwestern turnovers, the Wildcats kept the game within reach for most of the second-half.

Northwestern drew within four points on a Davor Duvancic layup with just under six-minutes to play, but were unable to get any closer.

Trailing by seven points with two-minutes to play, the Wildcats began to foul Purdue to stop the clock and give themselves a final chance at a comeback.

The Boilermakers, however, executed from the free-throw line down the stretch and walked away with the deceptively lopsided 14-point victory.

The loss dropped Northwestern's record to 8-5 (0-2 in the Big Ten). The Wildcats were led in scoring by Jitim Young with 21 point and Aaron Jennings with 14. Purdue extended its record to 9-3 (1-0). Purdue is a perfect 8-0 at home this season.

Turnovers, turnovers, turnovers
After committing only seven turnovers in the Big Ten opener against Iowa, Northwestern Head Coach Bill Carmody predicted that if the Wildcats could again limit their turnovers to single-digits against the Boilermakers, they would get the win in West Lafayette. This theory went untested as the Wildcats turned the ball over a total of 16 times, which the Boilermakers converted into 31 points.
A seven-man rotation?
Coach Carmody has drawn criticism his first two seasons in Evanston for playing with essentially a seven-man rotation.  The arrival of five talented freshmen coupled with the loss of only three players from last year's roster suggested a deeper rotation this season. However, the Wildcats have been plagued by injuries and again are playing with a shallow rotation. Northwestern played seven men on Saturday. Purdue, conversely, played 13 men in the game.

"I envy their depth," Coach Carmody said after the game. "I also wish our ten guys were playing better now."

The upcoming tilt
The Wildcats travel to Bloomington, IN to face the Hoosiers of Indiana this Wednesday, January 15. Game time is set for 6 p.m. CST.

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