INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Jeff Newton scored all 16 of points in the
second half, including nine in the final three minutes, as Indiana (No. 6 ESPN/USA Today, No. 7 AP) held off Purdue 66-63 on Saturday night.
Newton also had 12 rebounds to become the first Indiana player
since Alan Henderson in 1995 to record five consecutive
Indiana, at 8-0 off to its best start since 1989-90, also won
its fifth straight game over the Boilermakers (4-2). Purdue was led
by Willie Deane with 21 points.
The Duel in the Dome was scheduled as a non-conference game after
the Big Ten's rotating schedule pitted the two rivals only once
Neither team had won more than four straight in the series since
Indiana won six straight from March 1973 to February 1976, but
Indiana changed that in a game that had the atmosphere of a
late-season contest with a conference title at stake.
Midway through the second half, Hoosiers coach Mike Davis
gestured to the large television screen inside the RCA Dome and
pleaded for a goaltending call after Newton was fouled. Davis
didn't get the call. A few minutes later, Purdue coach Gene Keady
screamed at official Ed Hightower when he didn't get a call and
both coaches were on the officials during the closing minutes when
Indiana finally pulled away.
During a 3:30 stretch midway through the second half, the teams
traded leads eight times and had two ties.
Newton proved the difference. After missing his first six shots,
Newton dominated the game during the final 3:13 when Purdue's
inside players were in foul trouble.
Newton made 5-of-6 free throws to give Indiana a 59-56 lead with
2:10 to go, then had a slam dunk and two more free throws to make
Bracey Wright, who finished with 13 points, made 3-of-4 free
throws in the final 24 seconds and Newton's interception of Kenny
Lowe's inboudnds pass sealed the win.
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