WEST LAFAYETTE, Indiana (Ticker) -- Purdue may have split its games with Indiana, but it got the one it wanted.
Kenneth Lowe scored 17 of his 19 points in the first half as the Boilermakers gained revenge with an easy 69-47 Big Ten Conference rout of the 16th-ranked Hoosiers.
Indiana (14-4, 4-2 Big Ten) posted a 66-63 victory over Purdue on December 14 in front of 32,055 fans at the RCA Dome in Indianapolis. That game was a rare non-conference meeting between the archrivals created because the Big Ten schedule had them meeting once and because of the tremendous revenue generated.
This one belonged to Purdue (12-4, 4-1) and Lowe, who scored the team's first seven points. The junior guard added eight during a 23-5 run that gave the Boilermakers a 30-12 cushion with just over six minutes remaining.
"I was happy with the win," Purdue coach Gene Keady said. "Kenny Lowe came out strong and got us going. Everybody did their job tonight. We are finally getting more assists than turnovers and our field goal percentage was better than theirs. We are doing things that allow us to beat ranked teams."
It was Purdue's 11th straight home win and snapped a five-game skid against Indiana. It was its largest win over the Hoosiers since a 72-49 rout on February 19, 1990.
Lowe made 6-of-9 shots in the first half, including all three 3-pointers.
"I don't really keep track of my offense," Lowe said. "I know that if I hit a couple of shots, my team is going to give me the ball and coach is going to draw up a couple of plays for me. I don't know how many shots I made or how many points I scored, I was just playing."
Indiana got within 53-40 on a jumper by Tom Coverdale with just under seven minutes remaining. But Darmetreis Kilgore had a pair of baskets to start a 10-0 burst that put the game out of reach.
"It doesn't make sense - you come in, you play Purdue, it is a great rivalry, and you don't play like you are supposed to play," Indiana coach Mike Davis said. "They were playing us like you wouldn't believe. The way the played us today, they can beat anyone."
Hoosiers freshman Bracey Wright missed his fourth straight game due to recurring back problems. He leads Indiana in scoring at 19.1 points per game.
Indiana had won three straight without Wright, but turned in its worst offensive performance of the season. The Hoosiers shot a season-low 29 percent (17-of-58) and were a woeful 3-of-20 from beyond the arc.
Jeff Newton, who entered averaging 16.2 points in his last five games, misfired on 2-of-14 shots for seven points, his second lowest total of the season. The Hoosiers failed to get their inside game going and were outscored in the paint, 22-16.
"Purdue was great - they played physical, they played clean, they were well prepared," Davis said. "They had us rushing layups and at one point, we had no one going for offensive rebounds. Coach Keady did a great job getting his guys to play, but unfortunately I did a poor job of getting my guys ready to play."
Willie Deane scored 18 points and Chris Booker fouled out with 13 for Purdue, which converted 14 turnovers by Indiana into 17 points. The Boilermakers also held a 40-33 edge on the glass as Deane had eight rebounds and Booker had six.
"At the RCA Dome, we played them as tough as we could, but we made a couple of mental errors down the stretch," Deane said. "We didn't box out and things like that. The difference tonight was that we did those things. We kept guys off the glass, we kept them at their lows for the year in offense, shooting the three and from the field. We did the little things tonight."
A pair of free throws by Deane with less than two minutes remaining gave Purdue its largest lead at 67-43. The Hoosiers managed only seven baskets in the second half and missed 10-of-11 from beyond the arc.
"We came out the second half and played better than we did in the first half, which I didn't think was possible," said Keady, who improved to 1-4 against Davis. "We played good defense and shut them out of shots."
Coverdale led Indiana with 13 points, but missed 1-of-7 shots and had half of the team's 14 turnovers. A.J. Moye was the only other Hoosier in double figures with 11 points.