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Updated: Saturday, December 6, 2003 6:00 PM EST
NCAA BASKETBALL RECAP
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(21) Purdue 75, Chicago St 57

WEST LAFAYETTE, Indiana (Ticker) -- Melvin Buckley scored 20 points off the bench as 21st-ranked Purdue overcame a slow start to post a 75-57 victory over Chicago State.

Buckley made 6-of-11 shots, including 5-of-9 from 3-point range, for the Boilermakers (6-0), who shot just 40 percent (25-of-62) from the field.

The Boilermakers, who matched their best start since 1993-94, when they opened with 14 wins, missed their first eight shots and trailed, 10-4, before Buckley made his first 3-pointer.

"We couldn't get a basket for the first five minutes," Purdue coach Gene Keady said. "It was a frustrating start. Buckley came in and played well offensively. The big guys still have to shoot a better percentage. We're just not doing that well and I don't know why."

David Teague was the only other player in double figures for Purdue with 10 points.

Buckley's third 3-pointer of the first half capped an 11-0 spurt and gave the Boilermakers a 38-20 lead. Purdue led, 40-24, at the intermission.

"I did a pretty good job of stroking the ball, but I needed to get in there and get a couple more rebounds," Buckley said.

"Buckley is a good shooter," Keady added. "That's his role, to make baskets. They couldn't match up with everyone. I'm glad we were able to get him some open shots, and they went in."

Rubeen Perry recorded 16 points and 12 rebounds for Chicago State (1-5), which shot under 36 percent (20-of-56). Craig Franklin also scored 16 points for the Cougars, who have lost 25 straight games to Division I opponents and 37 in a row on the road.

"We knew it would be a tough game," Chicago State coach Kevin Jones said. "I've ben a Purdue fan since Joe Barry Carroll played. They are well-coached, and that's why I wanted to play them."


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