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Updated: Tuesday, January 27, 2004 10:33 PM EST
NCAA BASKETBALL RECAP
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Indiana 63, (21) Purdue 58

BLOOMINGTON, Indiana (Ticker) -- Freshman Roderick Wilmont was Indiana's unlikely hero against intrastate rival Purdue.

Wilmont nailed two 3-pointers in the final 59 seconds for his only points of the game as the Hoosiers edged the 21st-ranked Boilermakers, 63-58, to take sole possession of first place in the Big Ten Conference.

A.J. Moye scored 15 points and Bracey Wright and George Leach added 10 apiece for the Hoosiers (11-6, 5-1 Big Ten), who have won five straight to move one-half game ahead of idle Wisconsin atop the conference standings.

A jumper by Wright with 1:57 left put Indiana ahead for good, 56-55. Wilmont and Purdue's David Teague traded 3-pointers before Wright found Wilmont in the left corner for another 3-pointer that gave Indiana a 62-58 cushion with 26 seconds left.

"I can't even explain, it feels so good," Wilmont said. "Right now, those are probably the two best shots I have taken in my career. You get a big feeling inside after you hit shots like that, and I want to come back and do it again."

"Rod is the kind of guy that has never seen a shot he doesn't like," Hoosiers coach Mike Davis said. "I don't really say anything to him about shooting. The one thing I did say to him before halftime was when he took a shot with 16 seconds left on the clock and the shot clock was off. So that gave Purdue an opportunity to get the last play off. You can't tell Rod not to shoot because he can shoot."

Wright blocked a 3-point attempt by Melvin Buckley and split a pair of free throws to cap the scoring.

Kenneth Lowe paced Purdue (14-5, 4-2) with 13 points, despite sitting out the final 15 minutes after landing awkwardly on his left elbow following a layup.

"(Team doctors) said he almost dislocated his elbow and that he would be very sore," Purdue coach Gene Keady said.

"He is their best defensive player and he is their overall leader," Wright said. "When he goes down, that kind of rattles their team a little bit. They are not so sure of what to do because when you lose your leader, you start looking around for someone to step up."

The Boilermakers, who had a four-game winning streak snapped, trailed by 13 points with just under four minutes remaining in the first half before pulling within 35-29 at the break.

Purdue, which was averaging 23.3 free-throw attempts, went 0-of-2 at the line. Indiana was 8-of-12.

Ivan Kartelo had 12 points and 10 rebounds and reserve Brett Buscher scored 10 points for the Boilermakers, who lost for the sixth time in the last seven meetings with the Hoosiers.

Indiana has won the last four matchups here.


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