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Updated: Saturday, December 27, 2003 7:20 PM EST
NCAA BASKETBALL RECAP
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(22) Purdue 82, Evansville 62

WEST LAFAYETTE, Indiana (Ticker) -- After a lackadaisical first half, Purdue finally started to play its style of basketball.

Matt Kiefer and Kenneth Lowe keyed an important run as the 22nd-ranked Boilermakers used a huge second half for an 82-62 victory over Evansville.

Purdue (9-2) entered off Sunday's disappointing 60-59 loss to Southern Methodist and had allowed its previous two opponents to shoot better than 50 percent. The poor defensive effort left coach Gene Keady fuming after the most recent setback.

The Boilermakers were sluggish in the first half, building a 39-35 edge. They came out with a different energy level after halftime as Kiefer scored the first six points in an 18-5 run that started the final 20 minutes.

"I grew up around Evansville," said Kiefer, an Evansville native who scored in double figures for just the second time in his career. "There was added emotion tonight and I was happy."

Lowe drained a 3-pointer and Brett Buscher's three-point play made it 57-40 with 13:31 remaining. The Boilermakers, who played without starting forward Chris Booker, led by as many as 26 points in the second half.

"This was a much better game," Keady said. "It was good to get back on the winning track after getting pushed around by SMU."

Lowe shook off 3-of-11 shooting and scored 17 points while Kiefer netted 14. Ivan Kartelo made all four shots for 11 points to go with nine rebounds as Purdue held a 38-22 edge in points in the paint and a 41-23 cushion on the glass.

Purdue finished with 20 assists on 26 baskets, with Austin Parkinson leading the way with five. He was one of five players with at least three.

Evansville (1-7) lost its third straight, connecting on 35 percent (8-of-23) of its shots after halftime. The Aces made 14-of-28 shots in the first half.

"I think it is obvious that (Purdue's) size and strength wore us out," Evansville coach Steve Merfeld said. "We are a young team, but we found out what it takes to be successful."

Reserve Kyle Anslinger scored 16 points for the Aces, who fell to 0-4 all-time at Purdue.


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