Maybe its an 8 PM start at Welsh-Ryan, but except early in the game, the NU Wildcats never trailed Purdue, winning 78-67. It was a game that Purdue Coach Gene Keady had delared a "must win" for the Boilers, but one that the Wildcats never allowed to get away.
There was something new for this game:
Five Wildcats were in double figures: Aaron Jennings had 20, Jason Burke 14, Jitim Young just missed another double double with 9 rebounds, but had 12, Winston Blake scored 11 and Mohamed Hachad dropped in 10.
Then there was the Free Throw Shooting: The Cats shot 22 of 29 including some clutch 2 for 2 shots at the end by Blake, then Hachad, then Young.
It seemed like the scoring was down, the defense was down, big plays were sort of down, different guys you looked toward to come through, had to come through so that 's always a good feeling for a coach. -- [Bill Carmody on the WGN Post Game]The Cats shot .479 [23-48] from the floor and .417 [10-24] from the arc. Not only Aaron Jennings [AP Photo/Mike Fisher - right] had a good game, but Jason Burke had a stellar first half - scoring all his 14 points before the break.
We told the team before the game that if you get 70 points you have a pretty good chance of winning and ... they can score points in a hurry, as they did, and I was real happy for our guys - they came up with a really good team effort.Senior Center Aaron Jennings was the winner of the WGN-3rd 5th Bank Hard Working Player of the Game
3 Boilermakers were in double figures - Willie Deane had 19 pts, Chris Booker 14 and Darmetreis Kilgore hit for 13. The Boilers shot .429 [21-49] from the floor, .333 [5-15] from the arc, and 20-25 from the free throw line. They are still tied with Michigan for the Big 10 Lead.
Next its off to East Lansing for a 2 PM CST game with Michigan State University.
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