Boilermakers Take Down Minnesota, 74-69

PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM Rodney Smith puts up a shot over Minnesota's Terrance Simmons during the first half of Wednesday night's game.
PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM
Rodney Smith puts up a shot over Minnesota's Terrance Simmons during the first half of Wednesday night's game.
PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM

Jan. 19, 2000

Box Score

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Purdue's Jaraan Cornell scored a season-high 25 points and Brian Cardinal added 18 as the Boilermakers defeated Minnesota 74-69 Wednesday night to win their third straight game.

Cornell hit eight of 13 shots, including three 3-pointers, to become Purdue's career 3-point shot leader.

Cardinal and Minnesota's Joel Przybilla were named co-winners of the Big Ten's Player of the Week honor on Monday, and both had big games again on Wednesday.

Cardinal had 15 of his points in the first half as Purdue (12-5, 3-1) took a 39-29 lead at halftime and never trailed in the second half.

Przybilla notched his fifth straight double-double with 13 points and 16 rebounds but it wasn't enough for the Gophers (10-5, 2-3), who lost their second straight.

Przybilla made just one of 11 foul shots and the Gophers, who rank last in the Big Ten in free-throw shooting, made only seven of 22.

Dusty Rychart scored 19 points to lead Minnesota.

Back-to-back 3-point shots by Cardinal and Cornell sparked a 12-2 run by Purdue as the Boilermakers took an 11-point lead at 39-28, their largest lead of the first half.

Rychart scored eight quick points during a 17-6 run as Minnesota got as close as two points at 48-46 with 12:26 to play.

The Boilermakers then scored 12 of the next 16 points - five by Cornell - to build their lead back into double figures at 60-50 with 7:15 to play.

Cornell's three 3-point shots gave him 215 for his career and moved him past Chad Austin (1995-1998) as the school's all-time leader.

Purdue held Przybilla to just three points in the first half, using forward Mike Robinson on one side of him and center Greg McQuay on the other.