Not a Bad Start - NU 66 Purdue 53
Doyle drives on Purdue's Chris Hartley
Doyle drives on Purdue's Chris Hartley
Publisher, Purple Reign
Posted Jan 5, 2006
Coach Roy


Purdue lost both the game, and maybe another top player Wednesday, as Vedran Vukusic was joined by Tim Doyle in breaking 20. It was another NU Big 10 Opener win. Here's our abbreviated post game report - with some decent AP pictures.

Right off the bat, Purdue was short another player
as Chicago's Nate Minnoy did something to his knee, 3 minutes into the game, and had to leave. the Boilerstation, the Journal & Courier Purdue web site reported this morning that there were no broken bones, but the right knee injury was serious, possibly a torner ligament. Matt Painer told them that "...he said he heard something pop."

Anyway, once the Cats got going, they really got going.

AP PhotoVedran Vukusic [guarding Chris Hartley - left] broke 20 in the first half, he finished with 28 points, including some hotly contested shots [as Purdue concentrated on stopping the NU forward]. All that attention left the door open for Tim Doyle. Vukusic finished with 28 points, 3 rebounds, 3 steals and an assist.

Doyle played almost the entire game and also seemed unstopable. He was 2 of 3 from the arc, 8 of 11 from the field and 2 of 2 from the foul line for 20 points. He also added 4 rebounds, 5 assist, and 2 steals.

AP PhotoCraig Moore, playing at the point finished 3 of 6 from the field [2 - 3s] with 8 points, and 6 assists [to 2 turnovers]. He also had 3 steals, 2 rebounds and a blocked shot on the night. Overall, the Cats continued to pick opponent's pockets, recording 11 steals [Sterling Williams had 2] as Purdue turned the ball over 19 times.

Also scoring were Bernard Cote` [4 points, 3 rebounds, a block and an assist] and Michael Jenkins [3 points, 2 assists and a steal]

Other players added defense; Vince Scott [guarding Matt Kiefer - right] with 2 blocks and 2 assists. Joe Kennedy, Jean-Marc Melchior and Patrick Houlihan all saw the floor at the end of the game.

NU coach Bill Carmody's post game quotes are up on NU Sports

Next up is Minnesota, on the road. finally there's some TV [ESPN+] . We'll Chat during that game.

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