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Purdue Defeats No. 2 Duke 78-68

November 30, 2003

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) _ Kenneth Lowe scored 22 points and Purdue took control of the game with an early second-half run on the way to defeating No. 2 Duke 78-68 Saturday night in the title game of the Great Alaska Shootout.

Chris Booker had 20 points and David Teague added a career-high 19 as the Boilermakers took the lead with 11 straight points to open the second half.

Purdue started the second half with a 16-2 run that gave the Boilermakers a 49-41 lead with 14:41 left. Lowe scored seven points during the run and Teague made a 3-pointer.

Luol Deng’s steal and dunk closed the gap to 49-47. But Booker hit a jump hook, Teague drained a 3-pointer and the Blue Devils would get no closer than three the rest of the game.

Duke shot 38 percent from the field and went just 5-for-22 from 3-point range.

Shelden Williams had 15 points and 13 rebounds, and Deng had 15 points and eight boards for the Blue Devils.

Lowe, the tournament MVP, was 6-for-12 from the field and 8-for-8 from the free throw line. Booker was 7-for-11 from the field and Teague, who had been averaging six points per game, was 7-for-12.

Duke discovered its inside game early and scored eight of its first nine field goals in the paint. Williams had 10 of the Blue Devils first 13 points and Shavlick Randolph followed with two more buckets underneath the basket for an 18-13 lead.

Purdue stayed close by forcing a dozen first-half turnovers. Teague’s transition basket gave the Boilermakers a 24-23 lead and there were five more lead changes and two ties before the half.

Williams’ 12-footer gave Duke a 34-33 lead with 2:21 remaining. After a free throw by Williams, J.J. Redick hit a 3-pointer while falling down after being fouled and completed a four-point play to put the Blue Devils up 39-33.

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