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Northwestern 40, Purdue 39

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) -- Northwestern used a stingy matchup
zone defense and timely shooting down the stretch to earn their
second straight upset win, 40-39, over Purdue on Wednesday night.

Mohamed Hachad hit a 3-pointer from the corner with 1:55 left
that proved to be the game winner, and the Wildcats mobbed the
court after another improbable win.

Kenneth Lowe had a chance to give Purdue the lead with just
under 30 seconds to play, but his 3-pointer was off the mark.

The Boilermakers had one more chance to take the lead, but Jitim
Young stripped Brandon McKnight of the ball with time winding down
to hand the Boilermakers their second straight loss and third in
four games.

In a hard fought defensive contest, Evan Seacat scored nine
points to lead Northwestern (10-11, 5-5 Big Ten), which was coming
off a 69-51 thumping of then-No. 14 Wisconsin.

Northwestern coach Bill Carmody called his team's defensive
performance in the win over the Badgers their best of the season.

They were even better on Wednesday.

The Wildcats held Purdue (15-8, 5-5) to season lows in points
(39) and just 34 percent shooting, overcoming a brilliant
performance from Lowe.

Lowe returned after missing three games with a sprained left
elbow. The team's emotional and scoring leader played with a bulky
black brace on his arm, but still scored 20 points on 7-of-11
shooting.

He almost single-handedly brought Purdue back from a seven-point
deficit midway through the second half.

Northwestern took control with an 8-0 run to take a 32-25 lead
with 11:51 to play.

Lowe responded with a jumper, a driving layup and a 3-pointer
during a 9-0 run that gave the Boilermakers the lead with 5:44 to
play.

T.J. Parker answered with a 3-pointer and Young added a layup
before Hachad's big shot.

Purdue coach Gene Keady was hoping the return of their
unquestioned leader would give the Boilermakers an emotional spark
they'd sorely lacked with him on the bench.

It did just that, but it wasn't enough for Purdue, which was
frustrated and ineffective against Northwestern's complicated
defense.

The Boilermakers struggled to find shots all game. They shot
just 28 percent in the first half while Northwestern shot 41
percent, including 4-of-10 from 3-point range to take a 22-20 lead.