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February 19, 2008

Hoosiers beat Purdue despite distractions

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Eric Gordon scored 22 points and No. 15 Indiana beat No. 14 Purdue 77-68 on Tuesday night in the Hoosiers' last game before the completion of the school's investigation into accusations that coach Kelvin Sampson committed major rules violations.

D.J. White, playing despite a sprained left knee, had 19 points and 15 rebounds for the Hoosiers (22-4, 11-2 Big Ten), who snapped Purdue's 11-game winning streak.

Robbie Hummel had 17 points for the Boilermakers (21-6, 12-2), while Scott Martin added 12.

University president Michael McRobbie said last Friday that the school would conduct a new investigation into the NCAA's accusations that Sampson committed five major rules violations.

A school investigation last year revealed Sampson and his assistants made more than 100 impermissible calls. That occurred while Sampson was on NCAA probation for making 577 improper phone calls between 2000 and 2004 while coaching Oklahoma.

Athletic director Rick Greenspan, university counsel Dorothy Frapwell and faculty representative Bruce Jaffee were asked to run the investigation and recommend by this Friday what steps the university should take.

Indiana was 30-of-34 from the free throw line while Purdue was just 11-of-21. The Hoosiers shot 47 percent to make up for committing 23 turnovers.

The Boilermakers shot 31 percent (11-of-36) in the first half but stayed in the game by forcing 12 turnovers.

White had 10 points and six rebounds in the first half, which featured five lead changes and ended with Indiana leading 32-29.

The Hoosiers opened the second half on a 13-6 run capped by a long 3-pointer by Gordon that gave Indiana a 45-35 lead with 12:28 left.

Indiana led by 12 points before Purdue went on a 7-0 run, including a 3-pointer and a layup by Hummel, that made it 53-48 and forced the Hoosiers to call a timeout. Martin's 3-pointer with just under 7 minutes to go cut Indiana's lead to 57-55 but the Hoosiers went 17-of-20 from the free throw line the rest of the way.

For more coverage of Indiana, visit InsideIndiana.com; for more on Purdue, visit Gold&BlackIllustrated.com.



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