Boilermakers Open Two-Game Conference Road Trip

Jan. 25, 2000

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Senior guard Jaraan Cornell had 25 points and six rebounds, while senior forward Brian Cardinal added 21 points and 11 rebounds as Purdue defeated No. 11 Indiana, 83-77, in Mackey Arena on Saturday. Senior forward Mike Robinson scored 15 points, grabbed five rebounds (all offensive), passed out a career-high eight assists, made two steals and blocked a shot for the Boilermakers, who beat the Hoosiers for the fifth time in six games in West Lafayette. Although Indiana outrebounded (33 to 32) and outshot (56 percent to 45 percent) Purdue, the Boilers grabbed nine more offensive rebounds than the Hoosiers (19 to 10), finished 8-for-17 (.471) from three-point range and committed just eight turnovers. In addition to beating Indiana for the seventh time in 10 games, Purdue has now won four consecutive league games for the first time since the 1997-98 season.

The Boilermakers hit the road for the first of two straight conference games away from home when they face Wisconsin for the 148th time in school history and the second time this season. The Boilermakers earned their 26th consecutive victory over the Badgers in Mackey Arena on Jan. 15 by claiming a 63-52 decision. Purdue owns a 94-53 (.639) record in the all-time series with Wisconsin, including a 61-16 (.792) mark in West Lafayette and a 33-37 (.471) record in Madison. Purdue head coach Gene Keady has a 30-5 (.857) career record against the Badgers, while Wisconsin head coach Dick Bennett is 3-6 (.333) all-time against the Boilermakers.

Purdue Boilermakers (13-5/4-1 Big Ten)
at Wisconsin Badgers (10-8/2-4 Big Ten)

Wednesday - January 26, 2000 - 7:00 p.m. CST
Kohl Center (17,142) - Madison, Wis.
RADIO: Purdue Sports Network - Larry Clisby (P-B-P), Todd Mitchell (Color)
TV: ESPN Plus - Wayne Larrivee (P-B-P), Bob Ford (Color)

ABOUT THE BADGERS: The Wisconsin Badgers come into tonight's game following an 85-53 victory over Minnesota at home on Saturday night. Junior guard Mike Kelley led the way for the Badgers with 16 points, six steals and four assists, while senior guard Jon Bryant and senior forward Andy Kowske each added 13 points apiece. Wisconsin outshot Minnesota 53 percent to 42 percent, limited the Golden Gophers to just 19 field goals for the game, passed out 21 assists and forced 23 turnovers.

Guard Jaraan Cornell is averaging 25.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 4.5 treys in his last two games.

Although Purdue is 5-5 in its last 10 games at Wisconsin, it is 1-3 in its last four trips to Madison, including an 0-1 record in the Kohl Center.

HEAD COACH GENE KEADY: Purdue's Gene Keady (Kansas State '58) has posted a 466-205 (.694) record in his 21 seasons as a Division I head coach, and a 428-186 (.697) mark in 20 seasons at the helm of the Boilermaker program. The six-time Big Ten Coach-of-the-Year has guided Purdue to six league championships (1984, '87, '88, '94, '95 and '96) and 17 postseason tournament berths. Honored as the nation's top collegiate coach five times in his career (1984, '88, '94, '95 and '96), Keady became Purdue's all-time winningest coach on December 6, 1997 with an 87-69 win at No. 25 Louisville, passing former coach Ward Lambert (371 wins from 1917-46). Inducted into the National Junior College Hall of Fame in 1990, Keady has led the United States to a 22-2 (.917) record in international competition, and most recently served as an assistant coach on the 1999 United States Olympic Qualifying Team.

ROSTER NOTES: Senior forward Brian Cardinal and senior guard Chad Kerkhof have been named co-captains for the 1999-2000 season. Cardinal previously served as a captain for both the 1997-98 and 1998-99 seasons, while this is Kerkhof's first stint as captain ... the Boilermakers have two players standing at least 6-9 this season in John Allison (6-10) and Adam Wetzel (6-9), the first time that has happened since the 1996-97 campaign (Matt ten Dam, 7-2, Brad Miller, 6-11 and Paul Gilvydis, 6-9) ... of the 11 players on Purdue's active roster, eight hail from the state of Indiana. Only Brian Cardinal (Tolono, Ill.), Mike Robinson (Peoria, Ill.) and Adam Wetzel (Keokuk, Iowa) do not call Indiana home ... here is Purdue's roster breakdown by class - five seniors (Brian Cardinal, Jaraan Cornell, Chad Kerkhof, Greg McQuay and Mike Robinson), one junior (Carson Cunningham), three sophomores (John Allison, Maynard Lewis and Rodney Smith) and two freshmen (Kenny Lowe and Adam Wetzel) ... Purdue is carrying three players on its roster that must sit out this season after transferring - junior guard Travis Best (Louisville), sophomore guard Willie Deane (Boston College) and junior guard Joe Marshall (Mississippi State). All three will be eligible to compete beginning with the 2000-01 season.

SIZZLING SOUTHPAW: Guard Jaraan Cornell has been hot from the floor in Purdue's five Big Ten games this season, particularly in the last two games at Minnesota and versus Indiana. Averaging 18.2 points and 5.2 rebounds in five league games while shooting 45 percent (30-for-67) from the floor, 45 percent (17-for-38) from three-point range and 82 percent (14-for-17) from the free throw line, the senior lefthander is tied for fourth in league scoring. In the win against the Golden Gophers on Jan. 19, Cornell had 25 points on 8-for-13 shooting (.615), a career-high six steals, three assists, two rebounds and became Purdue's all-time leader in career three-point field goals. In the Boilers' upset of No. 11 Indiana on Saturday, Cornell again scored 25 points on 8-for-17 shooting (.471), sank a season-high six treys (6-for-11), grabbed six rebounds, dished out two assists and had zero turnovers.

PURDUE'S SUCCESS AGAINST WISCONSIN: Despite dropping two out of its last three games versus Wisconsin in Madison, Purdue has won 43 of its last 50 games against the Badgers, including a 63-52 victory on Jan. 15 in this season's first meeting between the two schools.

SEEING DOUBLE: With 21 points and 11 rebounds in Purdue's 83-77 victory over No. 11 Indiana on Saturday, senior Brian Cardinal recorded his second double-double of the season and the fifth of his career. The Boilermakers have had four different players record double-double games this season: senior forward Brian Cardinal (AKRON and INDIANA), junior guard Carson Cunningham (vs. Florida), senior center Greg McQuay (vs. North Carolina) and senior forward Mike Robinson (vs. North Carolina, N.C. STATE and at Illinois). Interestingly enough, five of Purdue's seven double-doubles this season have come against ranked opponents.

CARDINAL FLYING HIGH: Senior forward Brian Cardinal has taken his game to new heights in his last five games, recording four 20-plus point games (21 vs. Michigan, 21 at No. 22 Illinois, 26 vs. Wisconsin and 21 vs. No. 11 Indiana), as well as an 18-point performance at Minnesota, in leading Purdue to a 4-1 record. Since he returned to the starting lineup against the Wolverines on Jan. 8, Cardinal is averaging 21.4 points, 7.4 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 2.0 steals per game while shooting 40 percent (31-for-77) from the floor, 38 percent (11-for-29) from three-point range and 79 percent (34-for-43) from the free throw line.

PURDUE HIGH IN THE SAGARIN RATINGS: Purdue is one of six Big Ten teams currently ranked among the top 50 in this week's Sagarin Ratings (through Jan. 23). Joining the Boilermakers (19th) are Indiana (7th), Michigan State (14th), Illinois (20th), Ohio State (21st), Wisconsin (27th) and Michigan (43rd). Ratings of some of Purdue's non-conference opponents include Florida (16th), N.C. State (31st), UCLA (36th), North Carolina (37th) and Akron (42nd).

HOT HAND: After shooting less than 40 percent in its first three Big Ten games, Purdue has found the hot hand in its last two contests. The Boilermakers connected on just 36 percent (28-for-77) of their shots in a loss to Michigan, 37 percent (23-for-62) of their field goals in a win at No. 22 Illinois and 36 percent (21-for-58) of their shots in a victory against Wisconsin. However, Purdue has shot well recently, connecting on 45 percent (23-for-51) of its shots in a win at Minnesota and 45 percent (27-for-60) in a victory over No. 11 Indiana on Saturday.

RECORD FALLS: With a trey at 13:15 of the first half at Minnesota on Jan. 19, guard Jaraan Cornell passed former Boilermaker Chad Austin (1995-98) to become the school's career-leader in three-point field goals (221). A senior from South Bend, Ind., Cornell is averaging 2.03 treys per game in his 109-game career at Purdue.

Purdue has had a great deal of success against Wisconsin in the 147-game series between the two schools, holding a 94-53 (.639) all-time record against its league rival, including a 10-5 (.667) mark in the 1990's. With their 63-52 victory in Mackey Arena on Jan. 15, DID YOU KNOW that the Boilermakers are seeking their first season sweep of the Badgers since the 1992-93 season? Purdue first defeated Wisconsin, 76-60, in West Lafayette, before downing Wisconsin, 90-87, in a double-overtime thriller in Madison. Altogether, the Boilermakers have swept the season series from the Badgers on 27 different occasions.

SCORING MACHINES: Senior forward Brian Cardinal has never been held scoreless in his career at Purdue, and senior guard Jaraan Cornell has scored in all but one of his career games as a Boilermaker. In his 116 games in a Purdue uniform, Cardinal has scored one point twice (as a freshman), two points on six occasions and at least 10 points in 75 career games. In addition to having scored in his last 80 games as a Boilermaker, Cornell has scored in 108 of his 109 career games played, including 10 points or more in 76 of those contests.

FRAT BOY: With four assists against Michigan on Jan. 8, forward Mike Robinson joined a very exclusive fraternity at Purdue University. The senior from Peoria, Ill., is now one of just six players in over 100 years of Boilermaker basketball to have scored 1,000 points (1,113), grabbed 500 rebounds (573) and dished out 200 assists (213). The five other players who have accomplished the feat include Herman Gilliam (1,118 points - 636 rebounds - 301 assists), Walter Jordan (1,183 points - 882 rebounds - 237 assists), Todd Mitchell (1,699 points - 740 rebounds - 224 assists), Brad Miller (1,530 points - 862 rebounds - 257 assists) and current teammate Brian Cardinal (1,373 points - 645 rebounds - 242 assists).

CAREER THIEF: With a team-high 39 steals thus far this season, senior forward Brian Cardinal is Purdue's all-time career leader with 233. In addition, his 233 career thefts are the fourth-most in the history of the Big Ten Conference. Illinois' Bruce Douglas (1982-86) is the league's all-time leader with 324 thefts, followed by Michigan's Gary Grant (1984-88) with 300 and Northwestern's Pat Baldwin (1990-94) with 272. The Fighting Illini's Kendall Gill (1986-90) rounds out the top five in conference career steals with 218.

ASSISTS KEY TO VICTORY: The Boilermakers have posted an 8-2 (.800) record this season when they have more assists than turnovers. In its 13 victories, Purdue has passed out 203 assists (11.3 apg), while in its five losses the Old Gold and Black have had just 49 assists (9.8). Also consider that the Boilers are 6-1 when junior point guard Carson Cunningham has five or more assists in a game and are 0-3 when he has more turnovers than assists.

WINNING INDICATORS: With 18 games played in the 1999-2000 season, several trends appear to indicate the chances of Purdue's success on the court. Consider that the Boilermakers have posted an 8-0 record when shooting better than their opposition from the field, an 9-1 record when their bench outscores the opponents' bench, a 13-3 record when shooting more free throws than the opposition, a 12-2 record when ahead at halftime and a 12-3 record when holding their opponent to under 80 points.

CORNELL'S CONSISTENCY POWERS THE BOILERMAKERS: Since the beginning of the 1998-99 campaign, guard Jaraan Cornell has scored 10 points or more in 44 of his last 51 games at Purdue, including all but one of the 17 games he's played this season (sat out against Coppin State on Dec. 11). In addition, the senior from South Bend, Ind., has finished in double figures in 35 of his last 36 games dating back to a 70-67 victory at Penn State on Jan. 6, 1999. Since Cornell's freshman campaign in 1996-97, the Boilermakers have recorded a 53-23 record (.684) when he scores in double figures.

VERSUS RANKED OPPONENTS: With its 83-77 upset victory over No. 11 Indiana on Saturday, Purdue improved to 3-2 (.600) against ranked opponents this season. After defeating No. 6 Florida, 79-68, in the semifinals of the Maui Invitational, the Boilermakers lost, 90-75, vs. No. 4 North Carolina in the Maui finals and 55-53 at No. 23 UCLA on Dec. 30 before downing No. 22 Illinois, 69-66, on Jan. 12. The Boilermakers have or will face six teams (Florida, Indiana, Michigan State, Ohio State, N.C. State and UCLA) that are currently ranked in either the Associated Press or ESPN/USA Today polls. Purdue currently has three teams (Indiana, Ohio State and Michigan State) remaining on its schedule ranked in either poll, and are assured of facing eight teams that appeared in last season's NCAA Tournament, including non-conference foes Murray State and UCLA, as well as Big Ten opponents Indiana, Iowa, Michigan State, Minnesota, Ohio State and Wisconsin.

A LOOK BACK: The 1990's were a very rewarding time for the Purdue men's basketball program. Consider that the Boilermakers won the most games (230) and posted the second-highest winning percentage (.697) of any decade in their history during the '90's. In addition, the past decade saw Purdue win three consecutive Big Ten championships (1994, '95 and '96) and appear in the NCAA Tournament nine times, advancing to the Elite Eight once (1994) and the Sweet Sixteen twice (1998 and '99).

PURDUE WINS WHEN LEADING AT THE HALF: Purdue boasts a 145-10 (.935) record the past seven seasons in games which they have led at the half. Altogether, the Boilermakers have won 103 of their last 110 games when leading at intermission.


Purdue (11-5/2-1)63

January 15, 2000 - Mackey Arena
West Lafayette, Ind. - Attendance: 14,123

Cardinal Powers Purdue Past Wisconsin, 63-52
Boilermakers win 26th straight against Badgers in Mackey Arena

WEST LAFAYETTE, IND. - Brian Cardinal's long-range shooting made sure Purdue kept its Mackey Arena mastery of Wisconsin intact. Cardinal matched his career high with five three-pointers and scored 26 points, his third straight game of 20-plus points since he returned to the starting lineup. His play helped the Boilermakers overcome an early deficit and beat the Badgers 63-52 for its 26th straight home victory over Wisconsin since 1972.

Purdue never trailed after a first-half flurry by Cardinal. The Boilermakers built an 11-point lead late in the first half, were ahead 31-27 at halftime and stretched the lead to 11 again midway through the second half. Wisconsin closed to 50-45 on three straight baskets by Mark Vershaw, but Cardinal made two free throws and Rodney Smith and Jaraan Cornell each made a three-pointer as Purdue took control down the stretch.

Cornell finished with 14 points. Wisconsin was led by freshman Kirk Penney with 17 points and Andy Kowske with 16 points and nine rebounds. Wisconsin shot 45 percent to Purdue's 36 percent. But Purdue outscored the Badgers 30-9 on three-pointers and, despite missing eight free throws, outscored Wisconsin 11-5 from the line.

KEADY WINS THE CLOSE ONES: Head coach Gene Keady has an outstanding record in close games at Purdue. In his 19-plus seasons in West Lafayette, Keady has an impressive 62-31 (.667) record in games decided by two points or less, including all overtime games.

TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONSHIPS: The Boilermakers have posted a 48-9 (.842) record in tournaments held during the regular season, including a 17-1 (.944) mark in the Boilermaker Invitational, in Gene Keady's 19-plus years at Purdue. In addition to winning eight Boilermaker Invitational championships, the Boilers have captured 10 in-season tournament titles, some of which include the Palm Beach Classic (1987), the Great Alaskan Shootout (1993), the Big Island Invitational (1994) and Puerto Rico Invitational (1995).

PURDUE'S ALL-TIME SUCCESS: Purdue has won the most Big Ten Conference championships (21) and boasts a 1,417-776 (.646) all-time record in 101 seasons. The Boilermakers have won the most conference games (767), have recorded 79 winning seasons overall, 69 upper-division finishes (the most of any conference school), and have appeared in postseason tournaments in 20 of the last 21 seasons, including 15 trips to the NCAA Tournament over the last 17 seasons.

CORRECTION: In senior center Greg McQuay's bio found on page 70-71 of the 1999-2000 Purdue men's basketball media guide, the games started in his career game-by-game box are incorrect. Please note that McQuay appeared in a total of 33 games during the 1998-99 season, starting 30 and not playing in one game (at Illinois). The games he did not start include versus Iowa (2/4), at Illinois (2/13), at Michigan State (2/16) and versus Penn State (2/20).

CHANGE OF SCENERY: Purdue has five players on its roster who have played at another college or university - guard Travis Best (Louisville), guard Carson Cunningham (Oregon State), guard Willie Deane (Boston College), guard Joe Marshall (Mississippi State/College of Southern Idaho) and center Greg McQuay (College of Southern Idaho).

CARDINAL HONORED: Forward Brian Cardinal was named the co-Player-of-the Week (Minnesota's Joel Przybills) by the Big Ten Conference for his performance in Purdue's two conference wins last week. The senior from Tolono, Ill., averaged 23.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists a block and a steal in the Boilermakers' victories at No. 22 Illinois on Jan. 12 and against Wisconsin on Jan. 15. Cardinal scored 21 points, grabbed six rebounds, dished out two assists and was a perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line in helping Purdue to its ninth consecutive victory over Illinois before pouring in 26 points on 9-for-17 shooting (.529), tying a career-high with five treys, along with seven rebounds, two assists and a steal as the Boilers won their 26th straight over Wisconsin in Mackey Arena.

PURDUE SIGNS THREE TO NATIONAL LETTERS OF INTENT: Purdue signed three players to National Letters of Intent during the fall 1999 early signing period. Seniors Brett Buscher, Kevin Garrity and Austin Parkinson have formally committed to joining the Boilermaker men's basketball program as freshmen in the fall of 2000. Buscher, a 6-8, 225-pound power forward from Chesterton, Ind., averaged 15.6 points and 7.2 rebounds a game as a junior in being selected to both the all-state and AAU Nationals second teams. A 6-11, 250-pound center from Princeton, N.J., Garrity averaged 13.4 points, 12.6 rebounds and 5.4 blocks per game at Wardlaw-Hartridge Prep school last season. Parkinson, a 6-foot, 175-pound point guard from Kokomo, Ind., averaged 20.7 points, 6.3 rebounds, 6.0 assists and 4.4 steals as a junior in leading Northwestern High to a 21-3 record and a ranking of No. 3 in Indiana.

POSTGAME INTERVIEWS: Immediately following the ?cool-down? period after the game, Purdue head coach Gene Keady and requested Purdue players will address the media in the interview room. Purdue players will also be available for comment outside the Boilermaker locker room. PLEASE BE AWARE THAT THE PURDUE LOCKER ROOM IS CLOSED TO THE MEDIA AT ALL TIMES. To request specific Purdue players, see Associate Sports Information Director Andrew Punzal assistance.

Although Purdue is 8-0 when shooting better than its opponent, the Boilers have won their last four games while being outshot by the opposition.

The Boilermakers have won seven of their last 10 meetings with the Hoosiers, including five of the last six played in Mackey Arena.

With 21 points and 11 rebounds, forward Brian Cardinal recorded his second double-double of the season, and the fifth of his career against Indiana.

Purdue's bench tied a season low (vs. Florida and vs. Ball State) with just three points against Indiana.

With a trey at 13:15 in the first half at Minnesota on Jan.19, senior guard Jaraan Cornell passed former Boiler Chad Austin (212) as Purdue's career leader in three-point field goals.

Seven of Purdue's 11 players are averaging in access of 16 minutes of action per game with four players averaging 30 minutes or more.

Purdue has won 26 straight games against Wisconsin in Mackey Arena.

Barring a meeting between Purdue and Illinois in the Big Ten Tournament in March, senior forwards Brian Cardinal and Mike Robinson are assured of finishing their collegiate careers with a perfect 8-0 record against the Fighting Illini.

Purdue has now won nine consecutive games against Illinois, including the last six in Champaign.

Purdue's loss to Michigan was its first loss in a Big Ten opener since suffering a 74-57 loss to Michigan State at home during the 1997-98 season.

Boilermaker head coach Gene Keady (19 seasons) and Indiana head coach Bobby Knight (28 seasons) are the only current Big Ten head coaches with a league tenure in excess of five years.

The Boilermakers have posted a 173-49 (.779) all-time record versus non-conference opponents under Gene Keady, including a 102-26 (.797) record in the 1990's.

Senior guard Jaraan Cornell knocked down his 200th career trey at Santa Clara on Dec. 27.

Purdue's game against Ball State on Dec. 18 was the first time it had played without senior forward Brian Cardinal in the lineup (was on the roster as a redshirt) since a 76-69 loss to Georgia in the second round of the 1996 NCAA Tournament on March 16, 1996 - a span of 108 games.

With eight points against Western Illinois on Dec. 9, senior forward Mike Robinson became the 38th player in 101 years of Purdue men's basketball to score at least 1,000 career points.

With the loss to No. 4 North Carolina on Nov. 24, Purdue has now lost eight consecutive games to the Tar Heels, including in each of the last three seasons (1997 Great Alaskan Shootout, 1998 Preseason NIT and 1999 Maui Invitational).

Junior guard Carson Cunningham passed out a career-high 10 assists against Florida on Nov. 23 in the semifinals of the 1999 Maui Invitational.

Senior Brian Cardinal is the only player left from Purdue's last Big Ten championship team in 1996. Although Cardinal redshirted that season, he was a teammate of current Boilermaker assistant coach Todd Foster.


November 23, 1999 - The Boilermakers knocked off sixth-ranked Florida in the semifinals of the 1999 Maui Invitational. Guard Jaraan Cornell and center Greg McQuay each scored 19 points, while forward Brian Cardinal had nine points, a game-high 11 rebounds and five assists. Forward Mike Robinson continued his solid all-around play with 18 points, seven rebounds four assists and two steals, while guard Carson Cunningham had 11 points, three steals and a career-high 10 assists. Purdue shot 55 percent (31-for-56) from the floor while limiting the Gators to just 3-for-17 (.176) from three-point range.

November 13, 1998 - The Boilermakers opened the 1998-99 season with a convincing 101-64 victory over visiting UNC-Asheville. Guard Jaraan Cornell scored 20 points on 7-for-11 shooting (.636), and was one of five Purdue players who scored in double figures.

December 3, 1996 - Defending national champion Kentucky shot 61 percent (42-for-69) from the field as the Wildcats downed Purdue 101-87 in the Great Eight in Chicago, Ill. Forward Mike Robinson scored 20 points for the Boilermakers who shot 59 percent (10-for-17) from three-point range.

February 9, 1999 - Purdue captured a thrilling 86-81 victory over No. 17 Indiana as four players scored in double figures. Guard Jaraan Cornell scored seven of his 14 points in overtime, including the game-winning three-pointer with 33.5 second left to play, as the Boilermakers won for the third time in four trips to Bloomington.

January 8, 2000 - Forward Brian Cardinal scored a team-high 21 points and had nine rebounds, six assists and five steals, but it wasn't enough as the Michigan Wolverines downed Purdue, 88-86, in double overtime. Not only was this the Boilermakers' second straight loss to Michigan in overtime (lost 79-73 in the 1999 Big Ten Tournament), but also the first time in five tries the Wolverines had beaten Purdue in Mackey Arena.

December 9, 1999 - The Boilermaker defense forced Western Illinois into committing 30 turnovers and made 15 steals as they rolled to an 83-48 victory over the visiting Leathernecks. Forward Brian Cardinal and guard Maynard Lewis led Purdue with 15 points apiece, while forward Rodney Smith finished with a career-high 13 points and four rebounds off the bench.

February 28, 1999 - Purdue connected on just 18-of-45 field goals (.400) and were outrebounded 39-20 as No. 3 Michigan State claimed a 60-46 decision in Mackey Arena. Center Greg McQuay led the Boilers with 12 points and seven rebounds.

March 4, 1999 - Forward Brian Cardinal scored a career-high 33 points in Purdue's 79-73 overtime loss to Michigan in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament. Cardinal also set career highs with five treys (on 10 attempts) and 12 free throws (on 14 attempts).

January 22, 2000 - Senior forward Brian Cardinal scored 21 points and grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds as Purdue upset No. 11 Indiana in West Lafayette. Cardinal recorded his second double-double this season (AKRON) for the Boilermakers, who defeated the Hoosiers for the seventh time in their last 10 meetings.

November 23, 1999 - Point guard Carson Cunningham dished out a career-high 10 assists as Purdue upset sixth-ranked Florida in the semifinals of the 1999 Maui Invitational. Cunningham also finished with 11 points (3-for-6 shooting) and three steals as four Boilermaker starters scored in double figures.

December 22, 1998 - Forward Brian Cardinal tied the school record with seven steals in the Boilermakers' 80-64 victory over South Carolina in the Jimmy V. Classic. In addition to his four steals in the first half and three in the second half, Cardinal also added 16 points, six rebounds and two assists.

December 7, 1999 - Center Greg McQuay tied a career high by swatting five shots in Purdue's 86-75 victory at Illinois State. Although he struggled on the offensive end of the floor (two points), McQuay also added seven rebounds and two assists.

November 29, 1998 - Purdue held Eastern Illinois to just 20 field goals in 67 attempts (.299) in a 62-49 victory in Mackey Arena. The Panthers had one player score in double figures (16), and connected on only 6-of-24 attempts (.250) from three-point range.




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