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There's an old notion in close games that the team with the last shot can win. For most of Saturday's game, the outcome seemed likely to be determined by which team had a cold streak last.

So when North Florida made seven of its last nine shots and Purdue missed eight consecutive attempts in the last three minutes, the Ospreys walked away with a 73-70 victory.

"Everything that could go wrong for us in the last two minutes did," Purdue Coach Matt Painter said after the game.

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Purdue athletics director Morgan Burke took something of an unusual step this week, calling members of the press together to address the school’s football team.

As it turned out, it was a first step in a new program of advocacy the AD is planning – all leading up, possibly, to a push to spend tens of millions of dollars renovating Ross-Ade Stadium.

On this week's Off The Field, we’ll ask about...well...the field. You might be surprised just how much a new scoreboard can cost.

Purdue Comes Up Short, Loses To FSU In OT

Dec 3, 2014
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Florida State head coach Sue Semrau called it “a tale of two halves.”

The Seminoles outlasted Purdue 67-64 tonight in overtime at Mackey Arena.

The Boilers got out to a slow start offensively in the first half, shooting just 29-percent from the floor. They also gave up 11 second-chance points and got none themselves.

Purdue trailed by as much as 13 points early in the second half, but tightened up the defense, forcing Florida State turnovers and then scoring in transition.

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When Purdue starts Big Ten Conference play at the end of this month, there are going to be a lot more games like this.

A physical contest that got chippy in the second half went to the Boilermakers Tuesday as they held off North Carolina State in the West Lafayette matchup of the ACC-Big Ten Challenge.

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Despite another disappointing season for the Purdue football team, athletic department officials say they’ll look to engage more fans by renovating Ross-Ade Stadium.

But the money may be hard to come by. Sagging attendance meant the football team brought in three million fewer dollars than expected this year. Athletics Director Morgan Burke says that makes funding projects more difficult for a self-supporting department.

Defense Helps Purdue Bounce Back From 2OT Loss

Nov 23, 2014
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The Purdue women’s basketball team bounced back from a double overtime loss to Green Bay on Wednesday with a convincing 66-48 win over Toledo today at Mackey Arena.

The 24th-ranked Boilermakers opened up a 14-point lead in the first half, thanks largely to 10 points from junior guard Hayden Hamby.

Head coach Sharon Versyp says the Boilers’ defense set the tone in the first half.

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Missing some of its top receivers and playing a team fighting for its postseason life, Purdue couldn’t afford many mistakes Saturday. Five turnovers proved way too many to overcome on the way to a 38-14 loss.

Northwestern scored 17 points off Boilermaker turnovers and rushed for 237 yards, including 147 yards and two touchdowns from freshman Justin Jackson.

Purdue’s first possession of the ball came on an interception by Danny Ezechukwu just nine seconds into the game. But when the Purdue offense had the ball, it struggled to advance.

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On this, a cold wintry day, it’s sometimes helpful to think warm thoughts -- unless the toasty item in question is the proverbial “hot seat” some sports coaches seem to find themselves on following less-than-successful season.

On this edition of WBAA’s Off The Field, we’ll ask Purdue athletics director Morgan Burke if such a thing even exists, or if it’s a media creation designed to spur debate on shows like this one.

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A major factor in several losses for Purdue's football team this year has been the team's deficits -- not on the scoreboard, but in personnel. A Boilermaker math major might make an equation out of it: fewer athletes means fewer wins.

Men's basketball coach Matt Painter has had many more years to find Big Ten-caliber athletes than has Darrell Hazell, and it's beginning to turn those deficits into dividends.

Mistakes Down The Stretch Doom Boilermakers

Nov 19, 2014
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“Green Bay outplayed us, outhustled us, and they wanted it more.”

That was the assessment of Purdue women’s basketball head coach Sharon Versyp following tonight’s 81-78 double overtime loss to Green Bay at Mackey Arena.

The 24th-ranked  Boilermakers missed 7 of their last 9 free throws down the stretch, including one at the end of the first overtime that would have given them a 72-71 win.

Senior forward Whitney Bays had a double-double for the Boilers with 18 points and 18 rebounds, but she characterized her play as “horrible” overall.

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