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No. 21 Purdue Tops Minnesota 68-64

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• Purdue improves to 18-4 overall and 6-3 in the Big Ten. The Boilermakers are now 101-82 all-time against Minnesota.
• The last five games against Minnesota have been decided by a total of 18 points (3, 3, 4, 4, 4). The last three games at "The Barn" have been decided by 3, 4 and 4 points.
• Purdue outscored Minnesota 11-9 in points off turnovers. Purdue is now 13-0 this year when outscoring opponents in the category.
• Purdue's senior class scored a combined 33 points. The Boilermakers are now 13-0 when the group scores at least 21 points.
• Purdue had 13 turnovers, improving to 15-1 when having 15 or fewer turnovers.
• Purdue is now 15-0 this year when holding foes to 69 or fewer points.
• Purdue was outscored in the paint by a 46-28 margin. The Boilermakers are now 4-1 this year when getting outscored in the paint. Last year's team went 0-4 when that happened.
• Purdue improved to just 15-54 under Coach Painter when opponents shoot 48.0 percent or better. The Golden Gophers shot 50.0 percent from the field.
• Purdue outrebounded Minnesota by 11 rebounds, 39-28. It marked the 10th time this year that Purdue outrebounded its opponents by at least 10 rebounds. Purdue has outrebounded all 22 opponents this year.
• Minnesota managed just four offensive rebounds. Purdue has held five of its last six opponents to five or fewer offensive rebounds.
• Purdue improved to 12-0 in games played on weekdays.
• A.J. Hammons moved past Brad Sellers into sixth place on the Big Ten's career blocked shots list. He now has 308 career blocked shots. Hammons would finish with 16 points, eight rebounds and three blocked shots.
• Vince Edwards recorded a season high with 24 points while adding eight rebounds and four assists. Edwards is averaging 17.2 points, 7.2 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game over the last five contests - all double-figure scoring games. He is 10-of-19 from 3-point range during that span.
• Rapheal Davis tallied 10 points and a season-high eight rebounds. The Boilermakers are now 10-0 when Davis scores 10 or more points.
• P.J. Thompson has one turnover in the last seven games, a total of 154 minutes.
• Caleb Swanigan did not play tonight after rolling an ankle against Iowa on Sunday. It marked the first time since Feb. 20, 2014, against Michigan State that a Purdue freshman has not started (64 games).

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) urdue wasn't at full strength with freshman standout Caleb Swanigan on the bench. The Boilermakers weren't at full attention, either, considering how many times Minnesota dribbled by them for layups and dunks.

Vince Edwards was in fine shooting form, though, and that was enough to beat the Gophers.

Edwards scored 24 points and grabbed eight rebounds to help No. 21 Purdue hang on for a 68-64 victory on Wednesday night, bouncing back from a loss to Big Ten leader Iowa for the second time this month.

''We can't have any more lessons. We need to mature and grow up,'' said Edwards, who finished 8 for 15 from the floor. ''We had too many turnovers, almost cost us the game, but we were able to pull it out.''

A.J. Hammons added 16 points, Raphael Davis pitched in 10 and the Boilermakers (18-4, 6-3) made their free throws count down the stretch. Swanigan was suited up but wore a wrap on his lower right leg as he squeezed his 6-foot-9 frame into the seat on the Purdue bench next to Minnesota's raised floor. Coach Matt Painter said Swanigan's ankle was too sore to play on and that it was too soon to tell whether he'd be ready for action again by the weekend.

His absence pushed Edwards into the power-forward spot, creating some ideal matchups on the perimeter. Edwards went 4 for 7 from 3-point range.

''The thing that opens up for us is so much attention goes to our centers,'' Painter said, adding: ''Guys maybe aren't used to covering that as much. You're going to get some more opportunities.''

Nate Mason had 15 points and a career-high 12 assists for the Gophers (0-9, 6-15), whose losing streak reached 10 straight games despite the reprieve that kept the conference's leading rebounder out of the game. Dupree McBrayer had 13 points and Jordan Murphy added 12 for Minnesota, which went just 11 for 21 from the free-throw line.

Edwards knocked down a 3-pointer to put the Boilermakers up 62-54 with 4:36 left, but the Gophers didn't go away. Bakary Konate's layup with 68 seconds remaining pulled them within 65-63, and Hammons was called for an offensive foul on a hard screen of Mason.

Carlos Morris tried a jumper from the top of the key out of a timeout with the shot clock waning, and Davis soared in from the side to block it. The Gophers then had to foul with 21 seconds left.

''We're going to make mistakes, but that's not an excuse,'' McBrayer said. ''We've got to grow up fast, and we've got to grow up on the fly.''

Without Swanigan and junior guard Kendall Stephens, who missed his second straight game due to the recent death of a close friend, the Boilermakers had their superior depth tested a bit. Edwards, though, was there for a back-breaking basket just about every time the Gophers got something going. Charles Buggs converted a long-striding layup he started on the wing to cut the lead to 37-34 early in the second half, but Edwards swished a 3-pointer just a few seconds later.

Edwards is 32 for 60 from the field (53 percent) over the last five games.

''I like him,'' Gophers coach Richard Pitino said. ''When he's hitting 3s like that, he's really hard to guard.''


The Gophers started 0-9 in Big Ten play for the first time since the 1932-33 season, when they finished 1-11. They finished 2-16 in the conference in the 1986-87 season, but they won their first two games that season. That's also the last time they lost 10 or more games in a row.

''We didn't want it to be us,'' Davis said.


At one point in the second half, Hammons grabbed a rebound with one hand. Why not two? The 7-foot senior was hanging onto his shoe, which had come off in the scramble around the basket, with the other one. Painter, flashing a big smile, playfully pushed Hammons in the chest as he reached the bench at a stoppage in play.

''I just picked it up and kept going,'' Hammons explained. ''I didn't want to leave it on the court.''


Purdue kept up its remarkable status as the only team in the nation to outrebound every opposing team this season, owning a 39-28 edge on the glass.

Minnesota forward Joey King fouled out with 2:10 left. He's been called for 15 fouls over the last four games.


Purdue hosts Nebraska on Saturday.

Minnesota plays at No. 19 Indiana on Saturday.

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