By STEVE HERMAN AP Sports Writer
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) - Even freshmen know how fierce the Purdue-Indiana
rivalry is. Especially Luke Recker.
"I grew up in Indiana, and ever since I can remember, it's been a special
thing to me," Recker said after posting career highs of 27 points and 12
rebounds in the Hoosiers' 94-88 victory over the ninth-ranked Boilermakers on
"I've been pretty frustrated the last couple years when Purdue won four
straight and five out of the last six. So we were determined to come in here
and get a victory, especially on our home court."
William Gladness and A.J. Guyton each added 21 points as Indiana (13-5, 4-2
Big Ten) ended the Boilermakers' longest winning streak over the Hoosiers in
Gene Keady's 18 years as coach at Purdue.
Recker, Indiana's high school Mr. Basketball last year, was 10-of-16 from
the field and added three assists and two steals. He also drew a charging foul
on Purdue's Brian Cardinal in the closing seconds to halt the Boilermakers'
"He played good. We didn't do a very good job containing him," Keady said.
"Maybe we can't. I don't know. But we've had freshmen come in and play the
same way. Freshmen all around the country are very talented now. He's one of
Purdue (15-4, 3-2) fell behind by 16 points midway through the second half
but rallied in the closing minutes behind Jaraan Cornell, whose two 3-pointers
helped bring the Boilermakers within 90-81 with three minutes to go. Brad
Miller then hit another 3-pointer and Alan Eldridge hit two free throws that
made it 90-86.
Purdue got the ball back after an Indiana turnover, but after the charging
foul on Cardinal, Gladness scored on a dunk. Cornell, who led Purdue with 27
points, got the final Boilermakers basket before Recker hit two more free
throws in the final seconds.
"I would say it's just instinct, doing whatever you can to help the team.
... Sometimes you have to do those things," Recker said of being in position
to draw the charge.
"Recker played very well," Indiana coach Bob Knight said. "It was an
open-court game and I think he plays best in an open-court game. That, in a
way, is kind of what we have to go to. I think we're able to play with a little
more movement and we have better opportunities to go to the bucket. He took
advantage of it."
Miller finished with 18 points and 15 rebounds, while Chad Austin, Purdue's
leading scorer for the season, was held to 11. Austin beat Indiana with an
off-balance, 15-footer with less than a second to go last year and with a
3-pointer with 14 seconds left two years ago.
He was scoreless the first six minutes Sunday as Indiana built an early
lead. Indiana's biggest lead in the first half was 29-20 after four straight
free throws by Guyton. Purdue kept taking the ball inside, however, to the
6-foot-11 Miller, who was repeatedly fouled and made six straight free throws
in the first half.
Miller's final free throws of the half pulled the Boilermakers within 36-34,
then a fast-break dunk by Eldridge tied the game for the first time. There was
one more tie, but Eldridge missed one of two free throws in the final minute
and Indiana led 40-39 at halftime.
Baskets by Miller and Cornell gave Purdue a 43-40 lead early in the second
half. Gladness scored Indiana's first seven points of the half, however,
including a basket on a goaltending call that put the Hoosiers ahead for good.
Indiana matched its biggest lead at 75-59 on a fast-break dunk by Guyton midway
through the second half.