Mar. 15, 1997

Purdue Falls to Top-Seeded Kansas, 75-61

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Paul Pierce had 20 points as top-seeded Kansas pulled away for a 75-61 victory over eighth-seeded Purdue in the second round of the NCAA Tournament Southeast Region at the Pyramid in Memphis, Tennessee.

Raef LaFrentz added 18 for the Jayhawks (34-1), who will play the winner of the Arizona-College of Charleston game in the regional semifinals in Birmingham, Alabama on Friday. Kansas advanced to the Sweet 16 for the fifth consecutive season and avenged an 83-78 loss to Purdue from the 1994 Southeast Region semifinals.

Chad Austin scored 17 points for the Boilermakers (18-12), who held a one-point lead midway through the second half before stumbling down the stretch. Purdue was eliminated in the second round for the third consecutive season.

Kansas evened the all-time series at two games apiece.

(1) Kansas 75, (8) Purdue 61 

Purdue (61)
                      fg    ft    rb
               min   m-a   m-a   o-t  a pf   tp
Robinson        36  5-13   0-0  5-10  2  2   11
Cardinal        27   3-8   3-4   4-6  2  5    9
Miller          33   6-9   3-5  3-10  3  5   15
Eldridge        28   2-6   0-0   1-3  1  1    5
Austin          34  4-18   8-9   0-2  3  4   17
Mcquay          19   1-2   0-0   1-1  0  1    2
Cornell         20   0-5   2-2   0-0  0  0    2
Barnes           2   0-0   0-0   0-0  0  0    0
Gilvydis         1   0-0   0-0   0-0  0  0    0
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TOTALS         200 21-61 16-20 14-32 11 18   61
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Percentages: FG-.344, FT-.800. 3-Point Goals:
3-18, .167 (Robinson 1-4, Eldridge 1-4, Austin
1-9, Cornell 0-1). Team rebounds: 3. Blocked
shots: 3 (Robinson, Miller, Mcquay). Turnovers:
13 (Robinson 4, Cardinal 3, Miller 3, Eldridge 2,
Mcquay). Steals: 7 (Austin 3, Robinson 2,
Eldridge, Miller).

Kansas (75)
                      fg    ft    rb
               min   m-a   m-a   o-t  a pf   tp
Pierce          35  8-20   4-5  6-12  3  2   20
Lafrentz        30  8-14   2-2  4-11  1  4   18
Pollard         32   3-5   4-7   4-7  1  1   10
Haase           23   1-5   0-1   1-3  2  4    2
Vaughn          35   3-8   5-6   1-5  9  1   12
Bj Williams     12   0-0   0-0   0-0  0  2    0
Thomas          14   3-4   0-0   0-0  0  1    9
Pugh             8   1-3   0-0   0-0  0  1    2
Robertson       11   1-3   0-0   2-4  0  2    2
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TOTALS         200 28-62 15-21 18-42 16 18   75
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Percentages: FG-.452, FT-.714. 3-Point Goals:
4-10, .400 (Pierce 0-1, Haase 0-1, Vaughn 1-3,
Thomas 3-4, Robertson 0-1). Team rebounds: 3.
Blocked shots: 6 (Pollard 4, Pierce 2).
Turnovers: 13 (Lafrentz 4, Pierce 3, Vaughn 3,
Haase, Thomas). Steals: 7 (Pierce 2, Vaughn 2,
Haase, Lafrentz, Pollard).
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Purdue             26   35  -   61
Kansas             36   39  -   75
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Technical fouls: None.  A: 14,000. Officials:
Andre Patillo, Tim Higgins, Richard Ballesteros.