Feb. 9, 1997

Boilers Frustrate Spartans

PURDUE COACH GENE KEADY
"It was a win that we didn't expect that way. I thought it would be tighter.

"Cardinal got us going with a couple of jumpers and then some of the others stepped in. You only get an easy one on the road once every ten years. I don't know why it happened.

"Yesterday we were horrible in practice. They are kids and sometimes you can't get them to do what you want them to."

(on the last four garnes) "We thought that we had to win those to be .500 to play on the road. We get to go back and play Minnesota and we are looking forward to it."

(on four straight wins at the Breslin) "It's hard to do. I never dreamed in my wildest dreams it would happen.

"I'd like to see us finish the plays. We have a tendancy to steal the ball and then give it right back to them. At least know we have been making some free throws.

"We had a great opportunity to get up 15 points early and when we didn't, I thought they would make a run at us."

MSU HEAD COACH TOM IZZO
"It's an understatement to say we're struggling, but we're struggling. I thought there were a couple of key points to beating Purdue: one was to cut down on turnovers, one was to take better shots, and one was to check better. I though we did take better shots tonight, but we just couldn't hit them. Our shooters had some good looks, but the ball didn't go in.

"Because of our shooting, we were forced to play defense, and you can't play defense forever. It's hard to keep telling the guys, 'Check, check, check,' when the ball's not going in. We put the shooters in, and they don't defend as well, and put the defenders in and they don't shoot as well.

"It was the right time for a week off. I though we had good practices and got some things accomplished, but we've just got to have the ball start falling in.

"Purdue plays hard, and they play well, and right now Austin makes them so effective. We've got to cheat everybody to check him because he moves so well without the ball. He's the catalyst; whenever the shot clock is running down, the ball goes to him."

Purdue vs. Michigan State
Feb. 8, 1997 
NCAA BB  FINAL               1ST 2ND     TOTAL
         PURDUE               40  37       77
         MICHIGAN ST          29  33       62    FINAL
 HIGH SCORERS:  PURDUE - CHAD AUSTIN 27, BRAD MILLER 18, MICHAEL
                ROBINSON 13
                MICHIGAN ST - JON GARAVAGLIA 19, RAY WEATHERS
                13, THOMAS KELLEY 13
 HIGH REBOUND:  PURDUE - BRAD MILLER 10, CHAD AUSTIN 7
                MICHIGAN ST - ANTONIO SMITH 14, TWO PLAYERS WITH
                9
 HIGH ASSISTS:  PURDUE - MICHAEL ROBINSON 3, THREE PLAYERS
                WITH 2
                MICHIGAN ST - MATEEN CLEAVES 5, TWO PLAYERS WITH
                2
          ATT:  13,797
                                                                        
PURDUE (77)
                      fg    ft    rb
               min   m-a   m-a   o-t  a pf   tp
Robinson        27  4-13   5-8   1-3  3  3   13
Cardinal        26   4-8   3-5   2-5  2  5   11
Miller          31   5-9   8-8  5-10  2  4   18
Austin          38  6-13 11-15   3-7  0  0   27
Eldridge        27   0-4   4-4   0-3  2  3    4
Barnes           6   0-0   0-0   0-0  0  1    0
Mcquay          17   0-2   0-4   1-2  1  3    0
Kerkhof          1   0-0   0-0   0-0  0  0    0
Ten Dam          1   0-1   0-0   1-1  0  0    0
Cornell         21   1-4   2-2   0-0  1  3    4
Gilvydis         5   0-0   0-0   1-2  0  1    0
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TOTALS         200 20-54 33-46 14-33 11 23   77
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Percentages: FG-.370, FT-.717. 
3-Point Goals: 4-12, .333 (Robinson 0-3, Cardinal 0-1, Austin
4-6, Eldridge 0-2). 
Team rebounds: 4. 
Blocked shots: 4 (Mcquay 3, Miller). 
Turnovers: 13 (Robinson 4, Austin 3, Cardinal 2, Mcquay 2,
Miller 2). 
Steals: 14 (Austin 5, Eldridge 4, Cardinal 3, Cornell, Miller).
MICHIGAN ST (62)
                      fg    ft    rb
               min   m-a   m-a   o-t  a pf   tp
Garavaglia      28   6-9   7-7   5-9  0  4   19
Peterson        16   1-6   1-2   1-1  0  2    3
Smith           28   0-4   1-7  5-14  0  5    1
Weathers        21  6-16   1-2   6-9  2  4   13
Cleaves         28   3-9   2-2   1-1  5  2    8
Kelley          19   4-5   5-7   0-3  2  2   13
Mull            14   0-1   0-0   1-2  1  3    0
Thomas          10   2-5   0-0   1-2  0  2    4
Polonowski      10   0-3   0-0   0-1  0  1    0
Granger          8   0-0   1-2   0-1  0  2    1
Klein           13   0-2   0-0   0-2  0  2    0
Wiley            5   0-0   0-0   0-1  0  2    0
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TOTALS         200 22-60 18-29 20-46 10 31   62
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Percentages: FG-.367, FT-.621. 
3-Point Goals: 0-13, .000 (Garavaglia 0-1, Peterson 0-4,
Weathers 0-4, Kelley 0-1, Thomas 0-1, Klein 0-2).
Team rebounds: 1. 
Blocked shots: 5 (Smith, Weathers, Klein, Wiley, Mull).
Turnovers: 21 (Mull 4, Weathers 4, Cleaves 2, Garavaglia 2,
Granger 2, Kelley 2, Peterson 2, Klein, Smith,
Thomas). 
Steals: 5 (Cleaves, Garavaglia, Polonowski, Smith, Thomas).
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Purdue             40   37  -   77
Michigan St        29   33  -   62
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Technical fouls: None.  
A: 13,797. 
Officials: Ed Hightower, Michael Sanzere, Dan Crisman.