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NCAA time for Crump
Decatur grad helps Purdue land a berth in the big tournament

By Mark Edwards
medwards@decaturdaily.com · 340-2461

Neither Alabama nor Auburn made the NCAA tournament field, but Decatur did.

Rather, Decatur High graduate Tarrance Crump will play in the tournament as a Purdue point guard.

The Boilermakers (21-11) will face Arizona (20-10) in the opening round Friday in New Orleans.

Crump is a junior and in his first year on the court for Purdue. He started 14 games earlier in the season but has developed into a dependable reserve since then.

He averages 5.6 points, 1.6 rebounds and 1.9 assists a game. He has made 80.6 percent of his free throws.

If every win mattered in getting Purdue into the NCAA field, then Crump played a major role in the Boilermakers landing the bid.

In Purdue’s most recent win, a 74-55 victory over Iowa in the Big Ten tournament quarterfinals, the Boilermakers’ starters struggled with fouls. Crump came off the bench, played 20 minutes and scored 13 points on 5-of-6 shooting from the field.

Purdue fell 63-52 to Ohio State in Saturday’s semifinals.

Crump came to Purdue from Shelton State Community College, where he helped the basketball team to a 30-8 record his sophomore season and an eighth-place finish in the
NJCAA tournament.

He was an all-state player at Decatur High and helped the Red Raiders to a runner-up finish in the Class 6A state tournament in 2001.

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