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Indiana 70, Purdue 59

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) -- Marshall Strickland scored 10 of his
16 points in the second half to help Indiana beat Purdue 70-59 on
Wednesday night for its third straight win.

Robert Vaden added 11 points and 12 rebounds for Indiana (16-10,
8-7 Big Ten), which might have saved its NCAA Tournament hopes with
the victory.

Gary Ware led Purdue (9-17, 3-12) with 16 points and Matt Kiefer
added 13 in the Boilermakers' third straight loss.

Indiana shot 71 percent in the second half after shooting 29
percent in the first.

A late 3-point barrage by Indiana doomed the Boilermakers.
Indiana led 51-48 with 5:30 left, but two 3-pointers by Vaden
sandwiched around an NBA-range three by Strickland gave Indiana a
62-53 lead with 1:45 remaining. The Hoosiers went 6-for-9 from
beyond the arc in the second half.

The Hoosiers won their fourth in a row in the series. Indiana
won the first meeting this season 62-49 in Bloomington.

Purdue made four of its first six shots to take an 8-2 lead and
force an Indiana timeout. The Hoosiers responded with a 16-5 run to
take an 18-13 lead.

Purdue answered Indiana's surge with an 11-0 run that included
three straight buckets by Ware and five points from Kiefer.

Purdue led 27-25 in the closing seconds of the first half, but
Bryant Dillon carried. Marco Killingsworth, who was held to 10
points and three rebounds, then missed a 3-pointer as time expired,
allowing Purdue to take its lead into the break.

Indiana shot 9-for-31 from the field in the first half -- Vaden
was 1-for-9 -- and the Hoosiers made 3-of-15 3-pointers in the first
20 minutes.