Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Robinson's 33 Silences `Stuff' in Indiana

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Robinson's 33 Silences `Stuff' in Indiana

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Glenn Robinson's shooting slump didn't last nearly as long as his wait for a victory over Indiana.

Both streaks ended Tuesday night.

Robinson had 33 points as No. 12 Purdue beat the No. 8 Hoosiers 83-76 in overtime and moved into a four-way tie for the Big Ten Conference lead.

"This is special, because they beat us twice last year," said Robinson, Indiana's high school Mr. Basketball in 1991. "Over the summer, I went home and heard a lot of stuff from Indiana people."

Robinson, who was academically ineligible as a freshman, was the Big Ten scoring champion last year as a sophomore and again leads the conference this year. He's averaging 28.5 points despite a season-low 15 in Purdue's loss at Wisconsin on Saturday.

"I don't worry about my shooting," he said. "If I'm hitting, I'm hitting. If I'm not, I'm not. As long as we're winning, it doesn't matter."

Robinson hit nine of 22 shots from the field but made 13 of 15 free throws. Seven of his nine points in the extra period were on free throws as the Hoosiers were forced to foul to catch up. Cuonzo Martin, the former East St. Louis Lincoln star, added a season-high 23 points for the Boilermakers (15-1, 3-1 Big Ten). He sent the game into overtime with a free throw with 20 seconds left in regulation.

Indiana (10-3, 3-1) failed to score for the first four minutes of overtime.

"This year, we're finding ways to win. Last year, we'd be destroyed by a team like this," Purdue coach Gene Keady said.

"The kids wanted it so bad, they hung in there and got over the hump."

Purdue trailed by 10 points in the first half but closed to 36-32 at halftime.

"That's the sign of a good team," Robinson said. "We were down 10 and we didn't die."

After a 68-68 tie at the end of regulation, Robinson and Martin hit field goals at the start of the overtime and Purdue's final 11 points came on free throws. …

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