INDIANAPOLIS (Ticker) -- The Indiana-Purdue rivalry provided Big Ten-caliber intensity even if it did not count in the Big Ten.
Freshman Bracey Wright made some clutch plays down the stretch to lead the sixth-ranked Hoosiers to a rare non-conference victory over the Boilermakers, 66-63 at the RCA Dome.
Indiana and Purdue scheduled a non-conference game in Indianapolis because the Big Ten schedule has the teams meeting just once, in West Lafayette on January 25. The rivals wanted to continue meeting twice and take advantage of the large gate as the game drew 32,055 fans.
It was the first meeting between the teams that did not count in Big Ten play since Purdue posted a 76-69 victory on March 13, 1980 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
"It was a lot of fun," Indiana guard Tom Coverdale said. "Any time we play, whether we're ranked or they're ranked, it doesn't really matter. It's going to be a tight game."
"It was a great atmosphere," Purdue coach Gene Keady said. "It was a great evening for basketball for all the fans. I can't say anything negative about it."
Jeff Newton collected 16 points and 12 rebounds for his fifth straight double-double, the first Hoosier to do so since Alan Henderson in 1995. Newton did all of his scoring in the second half.
"I think this was the best defense we have seen all year," Newton said. "This was Big Ten basketball. We knew going in it was going to be our toughest game yet. You get in this atmosphere and anything can happen."
Wright's jumper with 5:38 remaining gave Indiana (8-0) the lead for good at 50-49. Wright later fed Jeff Newton for a dunk and a 61-58 edge with 76 seconds to go.
Purdue (4-2) got to within 61-60 on a pair of foul shots by Willie Deane with 45 seconds left. Newton made a pair of free throws and, after a miss by Deane, Wright sank a pair to make it 65-60 with 24 seconds to go.
Deane's 3-pointer with four seconds to go kept the Boilermakers' hopes alive and Wright made 1-of-2 at the line three seconds later. Newton picked off Purdue's inbounds pass on the game's final play.
"I thought their defense was really aggressive tonight," Wright said. "It was a physical game, just like we expected. I knew coming in that it was going to be intense. The confidence that we have in our team is what is helping us win the close ones. Overall, I think we're playing pretty good right now."
Deane led Purdue with 21 points and Kenneth Lowe added 12. The Boilermakers dropped their fifth straight to the Hoosiers.
Purdue took its largest lead of the first half at 27-21 on Lowe's basket with 3:32 left before halftime. The Boilermakers settled for a 29-27 lead at intermission.
Lowe's free throws with just under six minutes left gave Purdue its final lead at 49-48 before Wright's jumper. The Boilermakers closed to within one point five times later in the contest but did not get over the hump.
Poor foul shooting down the stretch hurt Purdue's cause. Brett Buscher twice split a pair at the line and Deane also went 1-of-2 - all in the final four minutes. The Boilermakers sank 14-of-15 free throws in the first 36 minutes.
George Leach also had a double-double for Indiana with 11 points and 14 rebounds. The Hoosiers dominated the smaller Boilermakers on the glass, 49-35.
Purdue shot just 32 percent (19-of-59) and managed only eight baskets in the second half. Chris Booker turned in a solid game with 12 points and 11 rebounds, but had six of the team's 11 turnovers.
This was just the fourth meeting between the teams not on campus. The last was on March 6, 1998 in the Big Ten tournament in Chicago.