Central Michigan Upsets Purdue, 56-55

Updated 11/21/2000
Purdue's Brett Buscher tries to steal the ball from Central Michigan's David Webber during the first half . CMU upset Purdue, 66-65.
(AP Photo/David Umberger)

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) -- Todd Schrotenboer's layup at the buzzer gave Central Michigan a 67-66 victory over Purdue on Tuesday.

The layup came after David Webber grabbed Carson Cunningham's miss with five seconds remaining. Webber passed to Schrotenboer in the paint for the game-winning basket, and the Chippewas stormed the court in celebration.

Maynard Lewis' baseline 3-pointer with 47.2 seconds left gave Purdue a 66-63 lead. On the ensuing possession, Central Michigan's Tim Kisner made two free throws, bringing the score to 66-65.

The Boilermakers (0-1) trailed nearly the entire game until Rodney Smith's layup evened the scored at 63-63 with 1:20 left.

Smith led Purdue with 17 points and Cunningham scored 13.

Webber scored 24 points had 10 rebounds for Central Michigan (2-0). Schrotenboer and Mike Manciel each scored 11.

Webber made two 3-pointers and scored 12 points in the game's first seven minutes for an 18-11 lead. The Chippewas extended the lead to 29-18 - their largest of the game - at 8:26.

The Boilermakers went on a 13-5 run and cut the deficit to three points, but trailed 41-35 at the half.

In the second half, Purdue cut it to 53-51 on a Cunningham 3-pointer at the 8:23 mark. The Chippewas stretched the lead back to 61-55 before Willie Deane scored three straight points and Cunningham made two free throws to tie it up.

Central Michigan was 6-23 last year, while Purdue went to the Elite Eight. But the Boilermakers lost four starters from that team.