- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 20, 2008

They’re young but good.

They’re inexperienced, but it didn’t show.

Purdue’s youthful lineup — two freshmen and two sophomores start — proved to be too much to handle for a Baylor program making its first NCAA tournament appearance in 20 years. The Boilermakers sprinted to a 19-point halftime lead and led by as many as 25 in a 90-79 win today at Verizon Center in the second first-round game.

Freshmen and sophomores combined to score all but 19 of Purdue’s points. Five players scored in double figures, led by sophomore Keaton Grant’s 17 points and freshman E’Twaun Moore’s 16 points.

The Boilermakers, bounced by eventual national champion Florida in last year’s second round, advanced to play on Saturday against Xavier, which defeated Georgia in the first game.

Purdue hasn’t reached the Sweet 16 since 2000.

Leading 46-27 at halftime, Purdue led 54-29 before Baylor finally showed up. The Bears shot 33.3 percent in the first half, but they made things slightly interesting with an 11-2 run to get within 16 points.

Purdue responded with five consecutive points. The closest Baylor got was the final margin.

The game was won (Purdue) and lost (Baylor) in the first half.

The Boilermakers shot 50 percent from the field and were 6 of 14 from 3-point territory in the first half.

Purdue took the lead for good with 14:40 left in the first half on Scott Martin’s 3-pointer. That ignited a 9-2 run and a string of five straight scoring possessions.

Baylor (21-11) was led by Curtis Jerrells’ 27 points. The Bears made just eight of 28 3-point shots.

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