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Nov. 17, 1997

Brian Cardinal
Brian Cardinal

Purdue Holds Off Valparaiso

VALPARAISO, Ind. - Brian Cardinal scored nine straight points in a 3:39 span of the first half, finishing with 20 and Chad Austin added 16, leading sixth-ranked Purdue to a 73-56 victory over Valparaiso.

Purdue held an 18-16 lead with 6:34 left in the opening half before Cardinal took over. He sank six straight free throws and hit a three-pointer before Alan Eldridge dunked, making it 29-16 with 2:55 to go.

Purdue (2-0), which opened its season Thursday with a 119-95 win over Long Island, has won eight of its last nine meetings with intrastate rival Valparaiso.

The Boilermakers built a 34-21 halftime advantage and led throughout the second half. The Crusaders got as close as 61-54 with 4:19 remaining. Purdue has won 56 of its last 57 games when leading at halftime.

Antanas Vilcinskas, Jared Nuness and Zoran Viskovic each had 14 points for Valparaiso (0-1), which played without last season's leading scorer, Bryce Drew, who has a strained tibial tendon in his right leg. Viskovic grabbed eight rebounds.

Bill Jenkins' layup with 4:19 to play pulled the Crusanders within 61-54. But Austin nailed a three-pointer, hit a jumper nd made one of two free throws to give Purdue a 67-54 edge with 2:14 remianing.

Gary McQuay scored 10 and Brad Miller contributed nine points and nine rebounds for the Boilermakers, who shot 46 percent (25-of-61) and held a 39-34 rebounding advantage.

Valparaiso shot just 31 percent (8-for-26) in the first half and 44 percent (20-of-46) overall.