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Jan. 18, 1998

Men's Basketball Falls to Indiana, 94-88

Game Stats

  • 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 Sunday.

    "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' final comeback.

    "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 them."

    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.