Purdue 65, Minnesota 47
MINNEAPOLIS (AP)—Reserve Melvin Buckley scored 15 points while David Teague added 13 to lead Purdue to a sluggish 65-47 win over cold-shooting Minnesota on Saturday.
Kenneth Lowe and Brandon McKnight each added 10 points for Purdue (17-9, 7-6 Big Ten), which won for only the second time in its last five games.
Buckley, who led the Boilermakers in scoring for only the second time this season, had 10 of his points during a 21-13 run in the first half that gave Purdue a comfortable lead.
Lowe was held to four points below his scoring average, but Minnesota (10-15, 2-11) was horrible from the field in a physical game that featured nearly as many bodies hitting the floor as baskets made.
Minnesota, which shot a paltry 16-for-54 from the floor, held the Boilermakers scoreless for nearly 10 minutes spanning over both halves. But the Gophers couldn’t shoot themselves back into the game.
Kris Humphries hit two foul shots to pull Minnesota to 37-30 at the 12:55 mark, but Purdue slowly put together a 14-5 run to go up 51-35 with 5:26 to play. Brett Buscher, scoreless in the first half, had six points during the spurt.
The Boilermakers never trailed and led by as many as 20 points in the closing seconds. Minnesota coach Dan Monson pulled his starters with 1:30 to play.
Humphries, coming off a career-high 36 points in a victory at Indiana on Wednesday night, was held to 14—five in the first half—thanks to Purdue’s constant double teams inside.
Ben Johnson, the only Gopher who had his shooting touch, led Minnesota with 16 points on 5-for-6 shooting. Minnesota’s 47 points tied a season low set Jan. 31 against Northwestern.
Purdue started hot, scoring 11 unanswered points in the first 4 1/2 minutes while the Gophers committed several costly turnovers.
The Boilermakers, who shot 50 percent in the opening period, led by as many as 14 points in the first. Teague hit a short jumper to give Purdue a 32-18 lead with 5:08 left in the half.
But Minnesota crept back by scoring six unanswered points. Stan Gaines hit a runner just before the buzzer to pull the Gophers to 32-24 at halftime.
Purdue lost backup forward Matt Carroll to a shoulder injury in the first half. Carroll got tangled with Humphries after a rebound and came down on his right shoulder. After being helped to his feet, the training staff wrapped the shoulder in ice and Carroll sat for the rest of the game.