WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) - Brad Miller had 28 points and nine rebounds Wednesday night as No. 11 Purdue overcame yet another slow start to beat Minnesota 87-83.
The Boilermakers (23-6, 11-4) broke a two-game losing streak and moved into sole possession of third place in the Big Ten, guaranteeing them a first-round bye in the conference tournament.
Minnesota (12-14, 5-10) was led by Eric Harris with 22 points.
Purdue trailed 46-39 at halftime and Harris' 3-pointer with 12:40 to go gave the Gophers a 65-57 lead.
The Boilermakers then outscored Minnesota 22-4, including three consecutive 3-pointers from Alan Eldridge, to lead 79-69 on Miller's layup with 4:30 left.
Minnesota had a chance to take with lead with 6.7 seconds to go, but Sam Jacobson missed an off-balance 3-pointer.
Five of Purdue's final eight points came from the free throw line, including Miller's foul shot with 19 seconds to go that gave the Boilermakers an 83-81 lead.
The victory gave Purdue coach Gene Keady 214 Big Ten victories, tying him
for second place on the career list with former Illinois coach Lou Henson.
Indiana's Bob Knight tops the list with 334 Big Ten wins.