No. 15 Purdue Falls to Minnesota in OT
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• Minnesota won for the first time in Mackey Arena since Jan. 21, 2004, snapping an eight-game Purdue winning streak in Mackey Arena ... the last six meetings between the two teams have come by three, three (3 overtimes), four, four, four and nine (overtime).
• Purdue saw a league-best nine-game home winning streak in conference end in the loss to Minnesota ... it had been 364 days since Purdue lost a league home game (Jan. 2, 2016, vs. Iowa).
• Purdue is 31-3 in its last 34 home games (Iowa, Villanova, Minnesota).
• Purdue's three losses have come by a combined 19 points.
• Purdue's 91 points allowed marked the first time it allowed a team to reach its pregame scoring average (Minnesota avg. 76.9 per game) ... however, Minnesota did only have 73 points in regulation.
• Purdue has now scored 80 points in five straight games for the first time since Nov. 2013.
Caleb Swanigan recorded his fourth 20-20 game of the season with 28 points and 22 rebounds ... the four 20-20 games in a season are the most in school history, and his four 20-20 games are second in a career to Terry Dischinger's six (1960-62) ... Swanigan's four 20-20 games are the second most for a player nationally since the 1996-97 (Santa Clara's John Bryant - 6 in 2008-09) ... Swanigan's 22 rebounds are the fifth most in a game by a Purdue player in school history and the most since Bill Jones had 22 on Feb. 24, 1964, vs. Illinois ... his four 20-rebound games are the second most in school history for a career (Terry Dischinger - 9) and second most in a season (Dischinger - 6; 1962) ... Swanigan's 16 defensive rebounds were the most in school history ... Swanigan recorded his sixth straight double-double, the seventh-longest streak in school history ... his 12 double-doubles this season are the 15th most in a season in school history (school record is 18) ... Purdue fell to 17-3 during his career when he records a double-double.
Dakota Mathias dished out 10 assists, the first Purdue player with 10 assists since Lewis Jackson had 10 assists against Ohio State on March 9, 2012.
Vincent Edwards connected on his 100th career 3-pointer in the contest against Minnesota.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) - Caleb Swanigan netted an impressive 28 points and 22 rebounds for his sixth straight double-double and made a basket to force overtime, but it was not enough as No. 15 Purdue fell to Minnesota, 91-82, on Sunday.

Mason contributed 31 points, 11 assists and six rebounds on Sunday, and Minnesota pulled away in overtime for the victory.

On Saturday, Rick Pitino's No. 6 Cardinals dominated Indiana 77-62 in Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Rick was in the crowd Sunday to watch his son's team improve to 13-2, 1-1 in the Big Ten after struggling to an 8-23, 2-16 mark last season.

Louisville also defeated Purdue 71-64 on Nov. 30 in Louisville in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

But Sunday's game was all about Mason, who made 11 of 18 field goal attempts and 7 of 10 free throws.

''It was a big win,'' Mason said. ''It means a lot, not only to me but to the young guys. We were just so excited to get the big win. Everybody was locked in, and everybody was focused. The rim got pretty big for me. I just kept shooting, and they just kept falling.''

Purdue guard P.J. Thompson, who spent most the game trying to guard Mason, credited the Golden Gophers' leading scorer, who came in averaging 13.5 points.

''He's a good player,'' Thompson said. ''He came out ready to play and had his team ready to play. More than Nate Mason, it was on us. We've got to come out ready to play.''

Richard Pitino was thrilled to complete the Pitino family sweep of the Boilermakers and Hoosiers.

''I think this is a great win,'' Richard Pitino said. ''I don't know when the last time we won here. We deserved it, but we had to go out there and take it. It was great to play well right away and get our confidence going.''

Eric Curry scored seven of his 10 in overtime for Minnesota. The teams traded baskets to begin the extra period before a Curry basket began an 11-0, victory-clinching run that snapped the Boilermakers' seven-game winning streak.

Minnesota overcame Swanigan's sixth straight double-double, but it wasn't enough to save the Boilermakers (12-3, 1-1).

Swanigan's layup with 4.6 seconds remaining in regulation tied the game at 73 and forced overtime. Dupree McBrayer's 3-point attempt for Minnesota at the buzzer bounced off the rim.

The Golden Gophers began the game by making their first eight shots and building a 17-4 lead, but Purdue rallied to lead 50-43 with 13:39 remaining. Mason scored 10 during the next three minutes, and it was back and forth the rest of the way.

''Minnesota did everything well early, and they got into a nice rhythm,'' Purdue coach Matt Painter said. ''It felt like we were down 10 or 12 at the half, but we were fortunate to be down only (38-35). Their guards played well, but we made defensive mistakes as the game wore on.''

Jordan Murphy added 16 points for Minnesota, which lost its Big Ten opener this past Tuesday night, 75-74 to Michigan State in overtime in Minneapolis. The Golden Gophers shot 49.3 percent (35 of 71), including 5 of 7 in overtime. They also scored 19 points as the result of 14 Boilermaker turnovers.

The Golden Gophers had lost eight in a row at Purdue and had not won in Mackey Arena since Feb. 26, 2005.

BIG PICTURE:

Minnesota: The Golden Gophers took complete advantage of their superior perimeter quickness and athleticism to pull away from what had been the Big Ten's hottest team. Murphy and fellow big man Reggie Lynch bottled up Purdue's 7-2 center Isaac Haas, who is the Boilermakers' second-leading scorer.

Purdue: While Swanigan was terrific, the Boilermakers are neither extremely athletic nor quick on the perimeter, and as it did in a loss to No. 1 Villanova, that element came back to haunt coach Matt Painter's team, which had no one to stop Mason.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

Minnesota: After receiving votes in the most recent poll, don't be surprised if the Golden Gophers land in this week's Top 25 after snapping Purdue's seven-game winning streak and winning in West Lafayette for the first time in 12 years.

Purdue: With several teams in front of them losing this week, the Boilermakers appeared to be positioned to climb from No. 15, but giving up 91 points in a home loss likely ruined those chances.

UP NEXT:

Minnesota: The Golden Gophers travel to Northwestern on Thursday.

Purdue: The Boilermakers will play at Ohio State on Thursday.


 

 

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