Indiana Falls To Purdue, 71-56
February 14, 2004West Lafayette, Ind. - The Indiana Hoosiers fell to intrastate rival Purdue, 71-56, in the Boilermakers' Mackey Arena Saturday evening. Indiana drops to 12-10, 6-5 in Big Ten play as Purdue improves to 16-8, 6-5 in league games.
The contest began with Indiana jumping out first as A.J. Moye scored during the opening 15 seconds. Purdue got on the board just seconds later, but Indiana was able to then hold the Boilermakers scoreless for the next three minutes as the Hoosiers were able to jump out to a 6-2 lead. During the next six minutes, Purdue would go on a 17-5 run to lead 19-11. It was at the 14:03 mark that the Boilermakers took a 10-9 lead and would not look back the rest of the half. Purdue took its largest lead of 16 points, 34-18, with two and a half minutes to play in the stanza. Indiana would begin to close the gap as the half was winding down by going on a 7-1 run of their own to go into half only down by 10, 35-25.
The Hoosiers had just three players with more than one basket from the field in the first half. Indiana was held to just 38 percent from beyond the arc and 36 percent from the field in the first half.
The Hoosiers found themselves in early foul trouble as George Leach was forced to leave the game at the 16:11 mark and not return for the remainder of the half. Sean Kline would come in to replace Leach but after picking up three fouls in just four minutes, he would also be forced to the bench at the 11:15 mark. Mike Roberts then entered the game and played strong for the Hoosiers collecting four points and three rebounds in 10 minutes during the first stanza.
The Boilermakers started the second half on a 12-4 run during the first five minutes to take their largest lead of the contest of 18 points, 47-29. Purdue never gave up its lead, out-shooting the Hoosiers in second half play, 55 percent to Indiana's 36 percent to capture the 71-56 victory.
Bracey Wright had 16 points, six rebounds, three assists and two blocks to lead the team in each category.
Marshall Strickland had 12 points and Ryan Tapak scored a career-high 11 points for Indiana.
Purdue had three players in double digits. David Teague, Kenneth Lowe and Ije Nwankwo all had 17 points for the Boilermakers.
The Boilermakers were able to control both the free throw line and the boards. Purdue out-rebounded Indiana 36-27 and were 24-for-31 from the line compared to Indiana's 6-13.
Indiana returns to Assembly Hall on Wednesday, Feb. 18, when it hosts the Minnesota Golden Gophers. Game time is set for 8 p.m. and will be televised on ESPN Plus Local. The match up can also be heard on the IU Radio Network with Don Fischer (p-b-p), Todd Leary (analysis) and Joe Smith (pre-game, halftime and post-game) on the call.
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