Purdue Tops Minnesota, 79-60

PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM E'Twaun Moore both scored 18 points.
PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM
E'Twaun Moore both scored 18 points.
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Jan. 5, 2010

 

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) - Robbie Hummel and E'Twaun Moore both scored 18 points, and No. 4 Purdue beat Minnesota 79-60 on Tuesday night to remain unbeaten.

JaJuan Johnson had 16 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks, and Chris Kramer added 15 points to help the Boilermakers (14-0, 2-0 Big Ten) tie the school record for best start. The 1993-94 team that featured Glenn Robinson also won its first 14 games.

Paul Carter scored 15 points and Damian Johnson added 12 for Minnesota (11-4, 2-1), which had won seven straight. Center Ralph Sampson III sat out with an ankle injury.

Purdue led by seven points at halftime, then shot 65 percent after the break to pull away. The Boilermakers shot 52 percent overall to make up for committing 17 turnovers.

The Boilermakers held the Gophers to 31 percent shooting. Purdue's starters outscored Minnesota's 69-34.

Purdue ran out to an 8-0 lead before the Gophers settled down. Minnesota responded with a 13-5 run to tie the score, then went ahead 23-20 on a three-point play by Carter.

Purdue reserve Ryne Smith made two 3-pointers to help the Boilermakers take a 29-24 lead and force a Minnesota timeout. It was a part of a 7-minute stretch during which the Boilermakers held the Gophers without a field goal.

Rodney Williams made a 3-pointer late in the first half to end the drought, but Kramer came back with a 3-pointer as time expired in the first half to give the Boilermakers a 35-28 lead.

Blake Hoffarber, Minnesota's No. 2 scorer, went scoreless in the first half and played just 5 minutes because he picked up two early fouls. He finished with three points on 1-of-4 shooting.

Purdue opened the second half with a 10-3 run, that included six points by Johnson, to take a 45-31 lead.

Minnesota's trapping defense fueled a 6-0 run that cut Purdue's lead to 48-40, but a thunderous right-handed jam by Johnson, plus the free throw on the foul, gave Purdue an 11-point lead and slowed the Gophers' momentum. The Boilermakers led by at least eight points the rest of the way.