March 15, 1998By MIKE NADEL
AP Sports Writer
CHICAGO (AP) - Opening tip. Game over. Once again, it was Purdue early - and decisively.
For the second consecutive game, Purdue took a large lead and was never caught. The Boilermakers, the second seed in the Midwest, defeated Detroit 80-65 Sunday and advanced past the second round of the NCAA tournament for only the third time in coach Gene Keady's 18 seasons.
Chad Austin scored 20 points and Brad Miller 18 for Purdue (28-7), which will meet third-seeded Stanford (28-4) in Friday's regional semifinals at St. Louis. The Cardinal beat Western Michigan 83-65 on Sunday.
The Boilermakers, who scored the first 18 points and defeated Delaware 95-56 in the first round, took a 24-8 lead in the opening 13 minutes against Detroit as the 10th-seeded Titans made only three of their first 21 shots.
Detroit (25-6) closed to 33-22 by halftime but Purdue began the second half with an 11-3 run and was never seriously threatened.
Desmond Ferguson came off the bench to score 19 points, including five second-half 3-pointers, as Detroit tried but failed to make it close.
The Boilermakers reached the NCAA tournament 13 times in Keady's first 17 seasons but only in 1988 and 1994 got past the second round. They got knocked out in Round 2 in each of the last three years.
They made sure there was no doubt this time, outscoring their two subregional opponents by 54 points.
Purdue is 14-1 against Detroit, which got only 2 points on 1-for-7 shooting
from Derrick Hayes. The Titans' top scorer came in averaging 14 points and had
27 in Friday's victory over St. John's.