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    Northwestern Falls Short Against Purdue

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Northwestern's Tim Doyle, left, drives around Purdue's Chris Kramer during the first half. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
    Northwestern's Tim Doyle, left, drives around Purdue's Chris Kramer during the first half. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

    Feb. 24, 2007

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    EVANSTON, Ill. -- Tim Doyle scored a career-high 26 points on 9-of-12 shooting and Kevin Coble added 24, but the Wildcats (13-15, 2-12) didn't get much help offensively as Northwestern fell to the Purdue Boilermakers (18-10, 7-7) Saturday 75-68.

    Purdue's David Teague scored 26 points, hit four first-half three's and the Boilers survived a late charge from Northwestern to pull out the win.

    "I thought that Purdue controlled the game today," head coach Bill Carmody said. "(Purdue) came out and the first half was the way they wanted to play and not at the tempo that we wanted to play. They played us hard, which we knew that they would do. Even though we've lost some games against good teams at home, we've usually controlled (the tempo) and today we didn't."

    Doyle led a 19-7 run that had the Wildcats within 73-68 with 36.7 seconds to play, scoring 18 of his 26 points in the second half. But Purdue, which had missed the front end of two one-and-bonus situations earlier, made 2-of-4 from the line in the final moments to end a five-game losing streak to Northwestern.

    Chris Lutz came off the bench for a season-high 15 points, and combined with Teague to make 8-of-17 from 3-point range. Carl Landry fouled out of the game with 13 points for Purdue.

    Coble scored 13 of his 24 in the first half for Northwestern (13-15, 2-12). Starting with the free throws that Coble made after Landry's technical foul for doing a pull-up on the rim after a fastbreak dunk, Northwestern went on a 17-4 run that trimmed Purdue's lead to 46-43 when Coble hit a 3-pointer with 14:21 to play.

    Northwestern's bid to win consecutive games came apart when Purdue responded with a 23-6 spree to put its advantage at 66-49 when Lutz hit his third 3-pointer of the second half with 7:22 on the clock.

    Teague scored eight of Purdue's first 12 points and had 18 before intermission. In a 16-5 run that gave the Boilermakers a 25-15 lead, Purdue scored three points on five consecutive possessions with Teague hitting three 3-pointers, Lutz a fourth and Landry completing a three-point play.

    Coble and Doyle combined for 21 of Northwestern's 28 points in the first half. Thanks to Coble's medium-range jumpers and Doyle's slinky moves around the basket, the Wildcats kept Purdue within reach at the half, trailing 38-28.

    "That's pretty much the entire year," Carmody added. "Those two guys, you can count on to score and Kevin has rebounded pretty well. Tim maximizes his athletic ability. He's still a pretty good athlete. He doesn't jump, but everything else, he sees, he understands and he plays to win. He's the best passer and dribbler on our team by far. He deserves a lot of credit because he does the best he can."

    For the second-straight game, Jason Okrzesik was perfect from the FT line. After hitting 9-of-9 in Wednesday's win, he hit 5-of-5 today and finished with eight points. Jeff Ryan and Vince Scott each scored five.

    Northwestern is back in action next Wednesday at 6 p.m. against Indiana in the final home game of the regular-season.

    The Associated Press contributed to this story.