Wednesday , Jan , 28 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Hoosiers move ahead of the pack in Big Ten

Bloomington, IN (Sports Network) – A.J. Moye scored 15 points and Roderick
Wilmont knocked down two three-pointers in the final minute, as Indiana downed
21st-ranked Purdue, 63-58, in a battle between two of the top teams in the
Big Ten at Assembly Hall.

Bracey Wright and George Leach each added 10 points for the Hoosiers (11-6,
5-1 Big Ten), who have won five straight games and lead the conference by one-
half game.

“We got off to a great start tonight,” Indiana head coach Mike Davis said.
“Our guys made shots. I thought George (Leach) and (A.J.) Moye came out and
played well early. I thought Bracey was a little wound up tonight and couldn’t
make plays early in the game because he knew Purdue, defensively, was a tough
basketball team. But late in the game he made some really big shots for us.”

Kenneth Lowe had 13 points before leaving with an elbow injury for the
Boilermakers (14-5, 4-2), who had their four-game winning streak halted. Ivan
Kartelo netted 12 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in the setback.

Purdue trailed by six at halftime, but Brandon McKnight’s three-pointer with
14:15 remaining in the second half brought it within 39-38. Austin Parkinson
drained a three just over under three minutes later to give the Boilermakers a
45-43 lead, their first edge since early in the game.

The Hoosiers countered with a 5-0 run, culminated by Marshall Strickland’s
three-pointer with 9:25 left in the game, to grab a 48-45 advantage. Purdue
then reeled off four straight points to regain the upper-hand, but the game
stayed tight the rest of the way.

Wright’s jumper with 1:56 left gave Indiana a 56-55 lead and after a Purdue
miss, the Hoosiers increased their margin to four on Wilmont’s three-pointer
with 57 seconds left.

David Teague, though, answered with a three to get the Boilermakers back
within one. However, Wilmont again drained a long-distance shot, this time
from the left corner, to stake Indiana to a 62-58 lead with 23 seconds left.

“I can’t even explain,” said Wilmont. “It feels so good. “Right now, those are
probably the two best shots I have taken in my career. You get a big feeling
inside after you hit shots like that, and I want to come back and do it again.
You have to make sure to keep your focus on the other end after you hit shots
like that.”

Wright then sealed the win for the Hoosiers when he stole an inbounds pass
with 15 seconds left and was immediately fouled where he knocked down 1-of-2
from the line for the final margin.

Indiana led 12-10 early on before using a 7-0 run, capped by Moye’s jumper, to
seize a 19-10 edge. Purdue quickly cut the deficit to five, but the Hoosiers
countered with another 7-0 burst to claim a 28-16 lead with just over seven
minutes left in the first half. During the surge, Sean Kline scored four
points and Donald Perry hit a three-pointer.

Perry’s three from the top of the arc later in the half made it 33-20, but the
Boilermakers battled back by scoring five straight points to pull within
33-25. Brett Buscher’s layup just before the first half ended brought Purdue
within 35-29 at the intermission.

Moye and Lowe each had nine points in the opening 20 minutes.