Men's Basketball Falls At Purdue, 80-73|
Dec. 17, 2001
By DAN GELSTON
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Willie Deane scored 16 points and John Allison had 12 points and 14 rebounds as Purdue beat Illinois-Chicago 80-73 Monday in the opening round of the Las Vegas Classic.
The Boilermakers counted the victory as Gene Keady's 500th, but the NCAA has a different tally. It won't credit him with 19 victories that the Boilermakers forfeited because of rules violations in the 1995-96 season.
Keady promised changes in the starting lineup for the Boilermakers (6-4) and he delivered. Rodney Smith, Maynard Lewis and Darmetreis Kilgore all opened on the bench. In their place were Matt Carroll, Joe Marshall and Brandon McKnight.
Deane has started the last two games in place of Austin Parkinson.
Marshall, who had 10 points, put Purdue ahead 56-54 with 7:30 left in the game. Lewis scored a basket then hit a 3 to make it 65-58.
Parkinson, Lewis, Marshall, Smith and Allison played most of the second half and pushed the lead to 72-62 with 1:17 to go.
Smith finished with 10 points.
Thor Solverson led the Flames with 15 points, and Schneiderman added 12.
The Flames led by as many as eight points, 22-15 in the first half, but the Boilermakers answered with a 17-8 run, and the score was tied at 32 at halftime.
Purdue opened the second half on an 8-0 run, with consecutive 3's by Deane. The Flames went on a 20-8 run to tie the score at 52.
After failing to shoot better than 40 percent in two of the last three games, Purdue was at 49 percent against.
The Las Vegas Classic is an exempt tournament. The game was played with experimental rules, including a wider free-throw line, and a jump ball was used instead of the alternating possession rule.
Purdue will play Mississippi State in the Classic while Illinois-Chicago plays Texas A&M on Thursday.