New Orleans 56

(2-6, 0-5 away)

Purdue 68

(4-4, 4-1 home)

    8:00 PM ET, December 17, 2005

    Mackey Arena, West Lafayette, Indiana

    1 2 T
    UNO 17 3956
    PUR 30 3868

    Top Performers

    New Orleans: E. Daney 18 Pts, 5 Reb, 1 Ast, 2 Stl

    Purdue: G. Ware 12 Pts, 6 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl

    Purdue 68, New Orleans 56

    WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) -- Someday, Matt Painter's young Purdue squad might develop the killer instinct it needs.

    Until then, he'll take the wins however they come.

    Chris Lutz scored 14 of his 20 points in the second half to lead Purdue past New Orleans 68-56 Saturday night. The Boilermakers (4-4) had plenty of chances to make the game a blowout but didn't take control until a run early in the second half put them up 49-33.

    Purdue led by as many as 23 points in the second half but allowed the Privateers to finish strong.

    "You've got to learn to close games and take care of the basketball," Painter said. "It was kind of like tennis ---- a lot of unforced errors throughout the game."

    Lutz had some errors, too. The freshman had six turnovers, but made up for it by shooting 4-of-9 from three-point range and 7-of-13 overall.

    Matt Kiefer scored 12 points and reserve Gary Ware had 12 points and six rebounds for the Boilermakers.

    Earnest Daney led New Orleans (2-6) with 18 points on 8-of-11 shooting.

    The Boilermakers shot 50 percent from the field, improved to 4-0 at home and bounced back from a loss to Loyola-Chicago.

    New Orleans shot 1-for-6 and had eight turnovers in its first 14 possessions of the game.

    "You can't go on the road anywhere and do what we did to start the game and expect to win," said New Orleans coach Monte Towe. "Let alone coming into Purdue."

    Purdue led 30-17 at halftime. The Boilermakers held the Privateers to 7-of-26 shooting and forced 13 turnovers before the break.

    New Orleans cut the Purdue lead to 35-29 early in the second half, but the Boilermakers went on a 14-4 run to force the Privateers to call timeout.

    New Orleans' poor offensive output followed a 94-53 loss to LSU on Tuesday.

    "I'm disappointed in the turnovers," Towe said. "I can accept a lot of things, but turnovers eat me alive."

    Towe gave Purdue credit for playing aggressive defense.

    "I think Matt has got them playing very aggressive, playing a tough man-to-man," he said. "It's hard for us to simulate that kind of defensive pressure, I think, because our guys don't play that tough."

    Purdue put an extra emphasis on defense during the week after the Boilermakers gave up 80 points in the loss to Loyola.

    "This week, coach focused on defense, rebounding and putting pressure on the ball," Lutz said. "The last few games, we had gotten away from pressuring the ball up top. That helps so much."

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 56 68
    FG Made-Attempted 21-55 (.382) 27-54 (.500)
    3P Made-Attempted 3-10 (.300) 5-18 (.278)
    FT Made-Attempted 11-16 (.688) 9-14 (.643)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 16 (0/0) 17 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 0 23

    2005-06 Season

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