Minnesota 63, Purdue 52
MINNEAPOLIS (AP)—J’son Stamper had 11 points and 10 rebounds, and Vincent Grier added 14 points as Minnesota beat Purdue 63-52 on Wednesday night, giving the Gophers their first nine-game winning streak in seven years.
Aaron Robinson added 12 points for Minnesota (12-3, 2-0 Big Ten).
David Teague scored 15 points, and Brandon McKnight and Carl Landry added 12 each for the Boilermakers (4-9, 0-3).
The Gophers led the entire second half and the closest Purdue came was 36-32 with 14:23 left. Purdue had another chance to get within four with 5:30 left when Matt Kiefer missed a layup. Minnesota pushed the ball the other way and Rico Tucker hit a 3-pointer to make it 51-42.
The Boilermakers could not get closer than seven points the rest of the way.
Purdue held an early 5-3 lead, but then began to turn the ball over at a rate of one per minute for the rest of the first half. The Gophers scored 19 points off 15 turnovers to take a 28-22 halftime lead. Purdue had 20 turnovers for the game.
Before the game, Gophers coach Dan Monson gave Purdue coach Gene Keady a putter as a gift. It was the final game in Williams Arena for the Boilermakers’ head coach, who is retiring after 25 years at Purdue. Keady finished his career with a 12-12 record at Minnesota.
Gophers center Jeff Hagen fell off the raised court during a play under the basket at the start of the second half. He suffered a cut chin, and was sent to the locker room for stitches.