Boilermakers deny Duke a Shootout crown

Posted: Sunday, November 30, 2003

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) Kenneth Lowe scored 22 points and Purdue defeated No. 2 Duke 78-68 Saturday for first place in the Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout.

Chris Booker had 20 points and David Teague added a career-high 19 as the Boilermakers took the lead with 11 straight points to open the second half and capitalized on poor outside shooting by Duke.

Duke discovered its inside game early and scored eight of its first nine field goals in the paint. Shelden Williams had 10 of the Blue Devils first 13 points and Shavlick Randolph followed with two more buckets underneath the basket for an 18-13 lead.

Purdue stayed close by forcing a dozen first-half turnovers. Teague's transition basket at 7:17 gave the Boilermakers a 24-23 lead and there were five more lead changes and two ties before the half.

Williams' 12-footer gave Duke a 34-33 lead with 2:21 remaining. After a Williams free throw, J.J. Redick hit a falling down 3-pointer and completed a four-point play to put the Blue Devils up 39-33.

But Purdue started the second half with a 16-2 run that included seven points by Lowe and a 3-pointer by Teague and gave the Boilermakers a 49-41 lead at 14:41.

Luol Deng's steal and dunk at 13:39 closed the gap to 49-47. But Booker hit a jump hook, Teague drained a 3-pointer and the Blue Devils would get no closer than three the rest of the game.

Duke shot 38 percent from the field and just 5-for-22 from 3-point range.

Williams had 15 points and 13 rebounds and Deng had 15 points and eight boards for the Blue Devils.

Lowe, the tournament MVP, was 6-for-12 from the field and 8-for-8 from the free throw line. Booker was 7-for-11 from the field and Teague, who had been averaging six points per game, was 7-for-12.

Seton Hall 65, Liberty 47

ANCHORAGE, Alaska Andre Barrett scored 28 points and had five assists and Seton Hall defeated Liberty 65-47 Saturday for third place in the Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout.

Barrett shot 9-for-19 from the field, including 5-for-11 from 3-point range. He also hit 5-of-6 free throws.

The Pirates (3-1) bolted to a 23-point first-half lead but had to turn back a rally by the Flames late in the second.

Liberty, which played No. 2 Duke even through most of the first half Friday, made just three field goals and four free throws and the Pirates took a 32-11 halftime lead. The Flames shot just 3-of-25, 12 percent, from the field.

Liberty recovered its shooting touch in the second half, opening with a 12-6 run behind six points by Louvon Sneed.

The Flames closed to 43-35 with 8:51 remaining on a three-point play by Jason Sarchet but could get no closer.

Pacific 62, Texas State 55

ANCHORAGE, Alaska Guillaume Yango scored 16 points and pulled down six rebounds and Pacific defeated Texas State 62-55 Saturday for seventh place in the Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout.

Yango was 6-for-6 from the field and 4-for-5 from the free throw line. His free throw with 3:44 remaining broke a 49-49 tie and the Tigers pulled away in the final minutes.

Pacific hit just two field goals over the first nine minutes and trailed 11-6. A 15-foot jumper by Myree Bowden started a 9-0 Tiger run and a basket by David Doubley gave Pacific its biggest lead of the half, 15-11, at 7:54.

Baskets by Dill and Roosevelt Brown tied the game. A 3-pointer by Nick Ponder and two free throws by Nick Goellner helped Texas State (1-4) to a 26-22 lead at the half.

Brown opened the second half with a steal and a basket for the biggest lead by the Bobcats, 28-22. Pacific answered with a 10-0 run to take the lead 39-34 with 12:12 remaining.

The Tigers led 46-39 at 6:44, but the Bobcats behind a pair of 3-pointers by Josh Naylor, went on a 10-2 run to lead 49-48.

Yango answered with two free throws and a three-point play. The Bobcats twice closed to within two points but Miah Davis scored six points and Tom Cockle hit a 3-pointer as the clock wound down.

Friday's games

No. 2 Duke 76, Liberty 47

ANCHORAGE, Alaska Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski is not concerned about the Blue Devils' slow starts as long as he keeps getting the same results.

No. 2 Duke could not pull away from Liberty in the first half, but shot 59 percent in the second half to rout the Flames 76-47 in the semifinals of the Great Alaska Shootout.

Duke (3-0) also started slowly against Detroit in its season opener and Pacific in the first round of the tournament.

''Those are good struggles to have,'' Krzyzewski said. ''We're not a well-oiled machine yet. We're a very much developing team.''

Duke shot just 31 percent in the first half and turned the ball over 10 times but harassed the Flames (1-3) into 14 turnovers and blocked five shots.

''The constant throughout was that we played well defensively,'' Krzyzewski said of Duke's first three games.

''We have to learn how to be a good half-court team and complement that with our fast break,'' he said.

Duke shot just 31 percent the first half. Chris Duhon, who finished with 12 points and seven rebounds, said his teammates badly wanted to win and may have tried to do too much.

''We just got to tell those guys to keep shooting with confidence,'' he said.

Jason Sarchet's 11 points helped Liberty stay close in the first half, but the Flames shot just 26 percent.

Liberty led 14-13 until J.J. Redick hit a 3-pointer at 10:36. That started a 7-0 Blue Devil run, but despite hitting just two field goals over the final 11 minutes, the Flames trailed only 27-20 at the half.

Daniel Ewing and Duhon started the second half with consecutive layins and the rout was on. The Blue Devils limited Liberty to just 13 second-half points until less than five minutes remained.

Seton Hall 75, Purdue 63

ANCHORAGE, Alaska Chris Booker came off the bench to score 17 points and grab eight rebounds and Purdue defeated Seton Hall 75-63 Friday in the semifinals of the Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout.

The Boilermakers (3-0) broke open a close game midway in the second half and won at the end by hitting 13-of-14 free throw attempts. Seton Hall (2-1) scored the game's first eight points, all in the paint, for its biggest lead of the game.

Purdue hit just three field goals over the first 11 minutes, but tied the game at 14 at 8:59 when Booker hit two free throws. The Boilermakers did not trail the rest of the half and led by as many as five.

Booker and Melvin Buckley each had eight points off the bench to pace Purdue. The Boilermakers shot 31 percent just 20 percent by the starting five and Seton Hall 33 percent for the half.

The second half featured six ties and two lead changes.

Brian Buscher's slam dunk started a 17-4 Purdue run and that gave the Boilermakers a 58-47 lead with 6:30 remaining. Buscher had nine of his 10 points in the run.

Seton Hall's Andre Barrett had a steal and a lay-up to close the gap to 60-54 at 4:01 but the Pirates could get no closer.

Canisius 62, Pacific 59

ANCHORAGE, Alaska Kevin Downey scored 14 points and Canisius held off Pacific 62-59 Friday in the consolation round of the Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout.

Pacific (1-2) fought back from a nine-point deficit with just over three minutes left but missed two 3-pointers in the last 20 seconds that would have tied the game.

Trailing 6-1 in the first half, Pacific went on a 12-3 run and lead the rest of period. Christian Maraker's two free throws gave Pacific its biggest lead, 20-14, at 8:36.

Canisius (2-1) stayed close by shooting 6-of-11 from 3-point range and trailed 29-28 at the break.

Downey's lay-up at 16:46 gave the Golden Griffins their first lead, 37-35, since the opening minutes and they would not trail again. A basket by Dewitt Doss with 3:25 remaining pushed the lead to 60-51, but Miah Davis hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key to start a 8-2 run.

Maraker missed an open 3-pointer with under 20 seconds left and Davis missed another from the wing as time expired.

Pacific lost despite hitting 23-of-29 from the free throw line. Canisius was just 6-of-8.

Davis finished with 22 points. Doss had 10 for Canisius.

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