Purdue Coach Gene Keady found what he has been looking for the past few weeks--production from his bench.
Led by Maynard Lewis and Rodney Smith, the No. 25 Boilermakers got 39 points from their reserves in last night's 83-48 victory over Western Illinois.
Brian Cardinal and Lewis each scored 15 points, while Greg McQuay and Smith added 13 apiece to pace Purdue (5-2). Lewis and Smith combined to shoot 9 of 16 from the field and 7 of 7 from the foul line.
Juan Martinez scored 18 points to lead Western Illinois (4-5).
"With Maynard and Rodney now starting to score like they've been practicing, that was good for us," Keady said. "Hopefully our bench now will be able to compete with other people's quality benches that we'll be playing."
The Boilermakers broke the game open in the first half, outscoring the Leathernecks (4-5) 15-2 during a five-minute stretch. Smith triggered the run with a three-point play that gave Purdue the lead for good, 15-14, with 12:39 remaining in the opening half.
* DePAUL 67, NICHOLLS STATE 43: In Chicago, freshman Steven Hunter scored 17 points as No. 20 DePaul beat the Colonels.
Bobby Simmons added 13 points and 10 rebounds for the Blue Demons (5-2), who held Nicholls State to 29 percent shooting from the field.
The Blue Demons (5-2) forced Nicholls State into four early turnovers and several bad shots in taking a 15-2 lead.
Nicholls State (2-2) pulled within seven, but Hunter scored eight points during a 13-0 run that extended DePaul's lead to 35-15. Hunter had 12 points on 6-of-7 shooting and three blocks in the first half to help the Blue Demons take a 38-21 halftime lead.
* RADFORD 62, VIRGINIA TECH 60: In Blacksburg, Va., Correy Watkins hit a layup with 10 seconds left to lift the Highlanders.
Watkins was the only player to score in the final 3 minutes 34 seconds. He also hit a layup with 1:19 remaining to tie the score at 60.
The Hokies (4-2) led by 10 with 8:03 remaining, but Radford went on a 14-3 run over the next 3:03 to take a 55-54 lead with five minutes left.
Ryan Charles led the Highlanders (3-2) with 15 points. Watkins scored 12 and pulled down nine rebounds.
Dennis Mims led Tech with 17 points.
* CATHOLIC 67, HAVERFORD 56: Dan Harington led Catholic with 15 points and Pat Maloney added 13 as the Cardinals won at home.
Mike Lepeonka added seven points and 11 rebounds for the Cardinals (5-1), who won their fifth in a row. Chris Riley led Haverford (1-7) with a game-high 21 points and 11 rebounds.