Boilermakers Steal Win From Colorado State In Final Seconds
Jason Smith had 18 points and seven rebounds for the Rams.
Dec. 11, 2004
WEST LAFAYETTE (AP) - Purdue freshman Xavier Price hit two free throws with 8.9 seconds left and Carl Landry had a steal with time winding down as the Boilermakers beat Colorado State 69-68 on Saturday.
David Teague led Purdue (2-5) with a career-high 23 points and Landry added 16 points and six rebounds. Price finished with six points, which included a perfect 4-of-4 from the line.
Jason Smith had 18 points and seven rebounds for the Rams (5-3), who fought back from a 17-point deficit in the second half and had a chance to win the game with five seconds left before Landry dove and stole the ball away from Smith near the top of the key.
Purdue snapped a four-game losing streak and got a much-needed win after getting off to its worst start since the 1907-08 season.
The Boilermakers looked to be in control of the game after starting the second half on a 7-0 run to open a 48-31 lead. However, the Rams continued to chip away at the deficit, finally making the comeback complete when Jon Rakiecki hit a three-pointer with 27.9 seconds left, giving Colorado State a 68-67 lead.
On Purdue's ensuing possession, Price was fouled while driving to the lane. He sank both free throws to give the Boilermakers their first win since Nov. 23.
The first half belonged to Teague and the Boilermakers, who built a 26-12 lead midway through the half. Teague, who missed the first two games of the season with a broken right hand, had 14 points to help Purdue take a 36-26 halftime lead.