Nov. 11, 1997

Gene Keady
Head coach Gene Keady doesn't expect his players to have their hands on their hips playing defense.

Personnel Dictates Pressure Defense for Purdue

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. --The Purdue men's basketball team will have a different look in 1997-98. Because of the Boilermakers' lack of size, Coach Gene Keady plans on utilizing his team's quickness by full-court pressing and fastbreaking.

Boilermaker fans got a first-hand look in Purdue's 117-72 exhibition win over the Ural-Great Basketball Team on Monday, Nov. 9. The 117 points were the most scored by Purdue under Keady. The previous high was 114 vs. Houston in the 1993 Boilermaker BlockBuster in Indianapolis. The school record for most points scored was 120 vs. Indiana in 1969.

Defensively, Purdue's full-court pressure forced the visitors from Russia into 35 turnovers. The Boilers, meanwhile, only committed 10.

Something will give in Purdue's first regular season game vs. Long Island on Friday, Nov. 14. Long Island features the nation's No. 1 scorer from 1996-97, Charles Jones (30.1), and the No. 1 scoring offense as a team (91.5) a year ago.