Minnesota 63, Purdue 52
INDIANAPOLIS (AP)—Kris Humphries overcame poor shooting with 20 points and 15 rebounds Thursday, leading Minnesota to a 63-52 victory over Purdue in the first round of the Big Ten tournament.
Minnesota (12-17) shot 28 percent from the field, but held a big advantage at the free throw line to advance to the next round against No. 10 Wisconsin on Friday.
Humphries again struggled from the floor against the Boilermakers (17-13). Purdue forward Brett Buscher blocked four of his shots and forced the Big Ten freshman of the year into 4-for-21 shooting.
It was nothing new for Purdue, which held Humphries to a combined 10-for-31 in its two wins over the Gophers in the regular season.
This time, however, Humphries was able to overcome it by hitting 11-of-13 free throws. The Gophers were 22-for-25 from the foul line while Purdue was just 5-for-10.
Michael Bauer added 16 points for the 10th-seeded Gophers, including two big 3-pointers in the second half that kept the seventh-seeded Boilermakers at a safe distance. The second gave Minnesota a 52-44 lead with 3:33 to play.
It was a frustrating end for the Boilermakers, who started the Big Ten season 5-1, but dropped their fourth in a row to finish the year. They needed to win the tournament to get a bid to the NCAA tournament, but now will have to settle for the NIT.
David Teague had 16 points and eight rebounds and Brandon McKnight added 16 points and six boards for Purdue. Purdue’s leading scorer, Kenneth Lowe, was held to six points on 3-of-10 shooting before fouling out in the final minute.
The Boilermakers started the second half with a 5-0 run to take their only lead, 24-19, on a 3-pointer by Teague. The Gophers came right back with a 15-4 run, ending with a 3-pointer by Bauer that gave them a 34-28 lead with 12:53 to play.