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Boiling Point

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Boilermakers boil over

WEST LAFAYETTE - Upset, frustrated, angry, determined. An "all of the above" Purdue team, fresh from losing an 11-point lead to Butler in a two-point loss to the Bulldogs, took out their emotions on an over-matched IPFW team Tuesday at Mackey Arena with an 81-56 blowout.

The Boilers (10-3) jumped out to a 50-23 halftime lead and were never threatened the rest of the way, although IPFW (7-4) outscored it 33-31 in the second half, when many of the Purdue reserves were playing heavy minutes.

Next to the one-sided first half, the most telling numbers are the scoring totals for Purdue. Six players got in double figures, and all were within a point of each other. D.J. Byrd and Anthony Johnson scored 11 points each, while scoring 10 points apiece were Robbie Hummel, Kelsey Barlow, Ryne Smith and Lewis Jackson.

It was the final non-conference game of the season for Purdue, which opens its Big Ten schedule Dec. 28 at Iowa.

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