Northwestern 66, Purdue 53

EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) -- Vedran Vukusic scored 28 points to lead
Northwestern to a 66-53 victory over Purdue in the teams' Big Ten
opener Wednesday.

Vukusic hit his first five shots and scored 20 points in the
first half, hitting 7 of 8 field goals and 4 of 5 free throws.
Vukusic shot 9 of 13 from the floor and 8 of 9 from the line

The Wildcats (8-4, 1-0 in the Big Ten) were missing
second-leading scorer Mohamed Hachad, who is out after an
appendectomy, but Tim Doyle contributed a career-high 20 points and
had five assists and four rebounds to compliment Vukusic.

In a game featuring two short-handed teams expected to finish at
the bottom of the Big Ten, Purdue (6-6, 0-1) took an early hit when
freshman forward Nate Minnoy went down with a right knee injury
early in the first half. The Boilermakers were already without
expected starters Carl Landry, Tarrance Crump and David Teague, who
are all out for the season.

Purdue had 11 turnovers in the first half, which led to 18
points for the Wildcats, who led 37-26 at the break.

Matt Kiefer scored a season-high 21 points to lead the
Boilermakers, who have now lost two straight games and four
straight to Northwestern.

Chris Lutz added 12 points for Purdue, which got as close as
seven points in the second half before Northwestern pulled away.