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Colorado St. Beats No. 21 Purdue 71-69

December 31, 2003

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) _ Michael Morris hit two 3-pointers in the final seven-tenths of a second, rallying Colorado State to a miraculous 71-69 win over No. 21 Purdue on Tuesday night.

Colorado State (7-4) trailed 69-65 in the waning seconds before Morris hit a 3-pointer with 0.7 seconds left.

The Rams then deflected Purdue’s inbounds pass, and Morris put up a desperation 3-pointer from just beyond the arc that swished at the buzzer.

The furious finish erased a comeback by Purdue (9-3), which trailed 56-43 with 10 minutes left but led 69-63 lead with 10 seconds to go.

Matt Williams then hit two free throws for Colorado State with 8 seconds left.

Brandon McKnight, who scored 14 straight points for Purdue down the stretch, went to the line for two free throws with 6.9 seconds to go. He missed the first, and the second was wiped out by a lane violation, setting the stage for Morris’ heroics.

Matt Nelson led Colorado State with 16 points, while Morris added 14 and Ronnie Clark 11.

McKnight scored 20 of his 21 points in the second half. David Teague added 15.

Colorado State used a 21-4 run to go up 32-21 in the first half en route to a 37-29 halftime lead.

Purdue’s 7-0 flurry put the Boilermakers ahead 17-11 with 11:43 left in the half, but the Boilermakers then went without a field goal for the next 10:23.

Colorado State immediately countered with nine straight points, including 3-pointers by Morris and Derrick Stevens.

Purdue cut the deficit to four points early in the second half, but the Rams pushed the lead to 13 with an 8-0 run, including six points by Nelson.

McKnight’s driving layup triggered a 16-4 flurry, and he later scored nine straight points to give Purdue a 66-61 lead with 1:33 remaining.

Purdue was without its third-leading scorer, Chris Booker, who did not make the trip to clear up some academic deficiencies.

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