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Updated: Saturday, December 13, 2003 8:58 PM EST
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(16) Purdue 80, Central Mich 39

INDIANAPOLIS (Ticker) -- After a tough loss, No. 16 Purdue had an easy time with Central Michigan.

The Boilermakers allowed just four baskets in the first half, rolling to an 80-39 victory over the Chippewas as Brandon McKnight and Kenneth Lowe scored 13 points apiece.

Two nights ago, Purdue (7-1) had its season-opening six-game winning streak snapped by a last-second 47-45 loss at Oklahoma. Back in their home state, the Boilermakers took out their frustrations on the Chippewas, holding them without a basket for nine-plus minutes and opening a 32-12 lead.

In the first half, McKnight made 4-of-4 shots, while Central Michigan (2-5) made 4-of-27 and committed 13 turnovers.

Things did not get much better in the second half for the Chippewas, who finished at 22 percent (11-of-50) with 24 giveaways. They trailed by as many as 45 points in the final two minutes.

Ivan Kartelo had eight points and 11 rebounds for the Boilermakers, who shot 52 percent (30-of-58) and held a 47-28 advantage on the glass. Purdue coach Gene Keady substituted liberally, using 14 players.

Having stunned Notre Dame, 69-68, in South Bend on Joe Carr's 3-pointer at the buzzer a week ago, Central Michigan scored the game's first basket but did not score again until the 10:27 mark. By that time, Purdue had opened a double-digit lead.

Brandon Voorhees scored 11 points for the Chippewas.

The Boilermakers improved to 5-1 in the all-time series.

The game was played in Conseco Fieldhouse as part of the Boilermaker BlockBuster, a doubleheader featuring Purdue's women's and men's teams.


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