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Byrd finds his stroke

D.J. Byrd said the Michael Jordan-esque shrug after he made his third consecutive three-pointer in a three-minute span in second half wasn't a product of "Why aren't they guarding me?" or shock at the frequency of which his shots were falling.

"(That shot) didn't feel good, and it fell in," Byrd said after Purdue's 77-52 victory over IPFW.

"So I guess when it's falling, it's falling."

Certainly that was the case Tuesday for Byrd.

The sophomore entered the game in a slump, making only 7 of 31 threes after hitting 4 of 5 in the season opener. Then he missed his first two against IPFW.

But in the second half, Byrd got hot.

He made all five of his three-pointers, including that spurt of three-for-three on four possessions, and finished with a career-high 15 points.

"I just came off, got an open look and shot, got another open look and shot," Byrd said of the quick-three stretch. "Luckily, they went in."

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