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Jan. 2, 1998

No. 5 Purdue Holds on to Beat Minnesota

Brian Cardinal
Brian Cardinal

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Brian Cardinal scored 22 points and No. 5 Purdue made 28 of 33 free throws as the Boilermakers defeated Minnesota 83-79 Friday.

Minnesota, which had won three straight, hadn't lost a Big Ten home opener since Jan. 7, 1988, a 65-61 defeat by Illinois.

Purdue (12-3, 1-1) rebounded from a 74-57 loss at home to Michigan State Tuesday night in its Big Ten opener.

Sam Jacobson scored a season-high 28 points for Minnesota (7-5, 0-1). Jacobson has scored 20 or more points in five consecutive games.

Cardinal has been in double figures in six straight games.

Chad Austin scored 13 points for Purdue, 10 in the second half. Austin twisted an ankle in the first half, but played most of the second half.

Purdue led 42-39 at halftime, despite a 15-0 run by Minnesota that erased an early 12-3 deficit.

The victory was the seventh of the season for Purdue over an NCAA tournament team from last season. The Boilermakers also have defeated Long Island, Valparaiso, Massachusetts, Louisville, Xavier and Providence.