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Purdue must rally to beat Lipscomb

Wednesday, November 21, 2007


AP Sports Writer

WEST LAFAYETTE -- Keaton Grant hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with under a minute to go and Scott Martin added two clinching free throws with 9 seconds remaining, giving Purdue a 66-62 victory over road-weary Lipscomb on Tuesday night.

The Bisons (1-5) led by 10 points in the first half but faded down the stretch.

Purdue (2-0) finally caught Lipscomb and took a 61-58 lead on two free throws by Chris Kramer with 2:58 to go. Lipscomb took its final lead at 62-61 on two straight baskets by Eddie Ard before Grant's go-ahead 3-pointer.

Ard, who led Lipscomb with 19 points, then missed a 3-point attempt, and Martin, fouled on the rebound, hit the clinching free throws.

The final score marked Purdue's biggest lead of the game.

Martin, a freshman, led Purdue with 16 points. Freshman Robbie Hummel, his former high school teammate, added 13 points and eight rebounds.

Michael Lusk added 13 points for the Bisons.

Lipscomb, playing its sixth straight game away from home, showed little sign of fatigue early in the game. The Bisons hit their first five 3-point attempts and took a 21-13 lead on Ard's second long-range basket in the first nine minutes of the game.

Purdue came within 25-21, but Thomas Pfaff scored on a layup and Ard hit another 3. Minutes later, a 3-pointer by Josh Slater gave Lipscomb its first 10-point lead at 35-25.

The Boilermakers, still trailing by 10, rallied in the final minutes of the half. A fast-break basket by Tarrance Crump, two free throws by Hummel and a steal and layup by Kramer made it 37-33. Lusk came back with another 3 for the Bisons, however, before a rebound basket by Martin pulled Purdue within 40-35 at the break.

Ard had the first basket of the second half before Purdue started its comeback.

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