Purdue 63

(4-2, 0-2 away)

(7) Indiana 66

(8-0, 7-0 home)

    8:00 PM ET, December 14, 2002

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    PUR 29 3463
    #7IND 27 3966

    Indiana tips Purdue in non-conference battle

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Jeff Newton scored all 16 of points in the second half, including nine in the final three minutes, as Indiana (No. 6 ESPN/USA Today, No. 7 AP) held off Purdue 66-63 on Saturday night.

    Newton also had 12 rebounds to become the first Indiana player since Alan Henderson in 1995 to record five consecutive double-doubles.

    Indiana, at 8-0 off to its best start since 1989-90, also won its fifth straight game over the Boilermakers (4-2). Purdue was led by Willie Deane with 21 points.

    The Duel in the Dome was scheduled as a non-conference game after the Big Ten's rotating schedule pitted the two rivals only once this season.

    Neither team had won more than four straight in the series since Indiana won six straight from March 1973 to February 1976, but Indiana changed that in a game that had the atmosphere of a late-season contest with a conference title at stake.

    Midway through the second half, Hoosiers coach Mike Davis gestured to the large television screen inside the RCA Dome and pleaded for a goaltending call after Newton was fouled. Davis didn't get the call. A few minutes later, Purdue coach Gene Keady screamed at official Ed Hightower when he didn't get a call and both coaches were on the officials during the closing minutes when Indiana finally pulled away.

    During a 3:30 stretch midway through the second half, the teams traded leads eight times and had two ties.

    Newton proved the difference. After missing his first six shots, Newton dominated the game during the final 3:13 when Purdue's inside players were in foul trouble.

    Newton made 5-of-6 free throws to give Indiana a 59-56 lead with 2:10 to go, then had a slam dunk and two more free throws to make it 63-60.

    Bracey Wright, who finished with 13 points, made 3-of-4 free throws in the final 24 seconds and Newton's interception of Kenny Lowe's inboudnds pass sealed the win.

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