Feb. 26, 1997

Boilermakers Beat Back Northwestern

EVANSTON, Ill. -- Chad Austin had a tough shooting night but managed to score 20 points to lead Purdue over slumping Northwestern Wednesday night.

Austin shot 5-for-16 from the floor but made three three-pointers and was 7-for-8 from the free throw line for Purdue (16-10, 11-5).

This was also the night that Purdue's string of three consecutive Big Ten championships came to an end when Minnesota beat Michigan to wrap up the 1997 title.

Northwestern (7-20, 2-14) led 29-28 at halftime and Purdue was still clinging to a 2-point lead (56-54) with less than six minutes to play. Then the Boilermakers went on a 13-4 run to sew up the game.

Northwestern coach Ricky Byrdsong has resigned effective the end of the season.

Evan Eschmeyer led Northwestern with 21 points. Brian Cardinal had 15 points and Alan Eldredge 10 to support Austin.

PURDUE (72)
                      fg    ft    rb
               min   m-a   m-a   o-t  a pf   tp
Cornell         29   4-8   5-5   2-4  0  1   15
Cardinal        15   0-2   1-2   1-3  2  4    1
Miller          34   2-7   4-5   1-7  2  3    8
Austin          38  5-16   7-8   2-2  0  1   20
Eldridge        28   4-7   2-3   0-3  3  2   10
Barnes           1   0-0   1-2   0-0  0  0    1
Mcquay          25   2-3   3-3   1-5  0  4    7
Kerkhof          1   0-0   0-0   0-1  0  0    0
Ten Dam          1   0-0   0-0   0-0  0  2    0
Robinson        26   3-8   4-4   4-6  4  1   10
Gilvydis         2   0-0   0-0   0-0  0  1    0
_______________________________________________
TOTALS         200 20-51 27-32 11-31 11 19   72
_______________________________________________
Percentages: FG-.392, FT-.844. 3-Point Goals:
5-15, .333 (Cornell 2-3, Cardinal 0-1, Miller
0-1, Austin 3-8, Eldridge 0-1, Robinson 0-1).
Team rebounds: 1. Blocked shots: 3 (Miller 2,
Cardinal). Turnovers: 13 (Austin 4, Cardinal 4,
Cornell 2, Eldridge, Miller, Robinson). Steals: 7
(Cornell 2, Eldridge 2, Austin, Gilvydis, Miller).
NORTHWESTERN (61)
                      fg    ft    rb
               min   m-a   m-a   o-t  a pf   tp
Branch          32   3-8   2-6   1-4  2  2   10
Ammons          23   5-8   0-0   3-7  1  5   11
Eschmeyer       39   7-8   7-8   3-7  3  3   21
Bonner          40   1-7   1-2   0-3  1  3    3
Johnson         36   2-9   2-2   1-3  3  3    6
Harmsen         17   4-8   0-1   1-4  1  2    8
Hanlon           1   0-0   0-0   0-0  0  0    0
Pomeday         11   0-2   2-2   0-0  2  5    2
Molnar           1   0-0   0-0   0-0  0  0    0
_______________________________________________
TOTALS         200 22-50 14-21  9-28 13 23   61
_______________________________________________
Percentages: FG-.440, FT-.667. 3-Point Goals:
3-14, .214 (Branch 2-6, Ammons 1-1, Bonner 0-4,
Johnson 0-2, Pomeday 0-1). Team rebounds: 5.
Blocked shots: 2 (Eschmeyer 2). Turnovers: 18
(Ammons 6, Johnson 3, Bonner 2, Branch 2,
Eschmeyer, Harmsen, Pomeday). Steals: 6 (Bonner
3, Ammons, Eschmeyer, Johnson).
__________________________________
Purdue             28   44  -   72
Northwestern       29   32  -   61
__________________________________
Technical fouls: None.  A: 4,277. Officials: Verl
Sell, Sam Lickliter, Tom Rucker.