(5) Purdue 81, Minnesota 47 (Postgame Recap)
• Purdue improved to 17-2 overall and 6-0 in the Big Ten Conference with an 81-47 win at Minnesota … Purdue improved to 102-83 all-time against Minnesota and Coach Painter is now 13-7 all-time against the Golden Gophers.
• Purdue’s 17-2 start is the best 19-game start in school history (tied with 1993-94 and 1987-88 seasons) … only the 1987-88 team started 18-2 after 20 games. That team would start the season 24-2.
• Purdue’s 6-0 Big Ten start marks just the third time in school history that Purdue has started league play 6-0 … the 1968-69 (6-0) team that reached the Final Four and the 1989-90 (8-0) squad are the other teams to do so.
• The win was Matt Painter’s 150th conference victory in his 14 years of coaching (133 – Big Ten; 17 – Missouri Valley) … he entered the year averaging 11.1 wins per year in conference play.
• The 34-point margin of victory was the second-largest margin of defeat for Minnesota in Williams Arena history, behind a 90-51 setback to No. 1-ranked UCLA on Dec. 20, 1968 … Williams Arena was built for the 1927-28 season.
• The 34-point margin of victory was Purdue’s sixth-largest road victory in and fourth-largest Big Ten Conference road win in school history.
• Purdue’s 35 3-point attempts were the second most in a game in school history (36 vs. Vermont; Nov. 15, 2015).
• Purdue has outrebounded three of its last five opponents by 18 or more rebounds (Lipscomb, Rutgers, Minnesota).
• Purdue had 24 assists and 29 made field goals.
• Minnesota’s 47 points were the fewest allowed in a Big Ten game since Feb. 24, 2013, vs. Northwestern (W, 74-43).
• Purdue’s 13-game winning streak is the longest of the Matt Painter era (started the 2009-10 season with a 14-0 record) … the streak is the second-longest in America (Auburn – 14).
• Purdue leads the country in victories (17).
• The win was Purdue’s nation-leading eighth win by 30 or more points this year.
• Purdue trailed 11-9 with 12:30 remaining … Purdue then outscored Minnesota 72-36 for the remainder of the game.
• Purdue led 40-30 with 19 minutes left … Purdue outscored Minnesota 41-17 the remainder of the game.
• Purdue has now made 69 3-pointers in the last six games after going 14-of-35 against the Gophers … Purdue is shooting 69-of-153 (.451) from deep during that span.
• Purdue is 70-19 (.787) since the start of the 2015-16 season.
• Purdue has shot at least 44.3 percent from the field in each of the last 11 games, including 47.5 percent against Minnesota.
• Purdue has won 41 straight games when holding foes to 59 or fewer points.
• Purdue is 39-3 since the start of last year when holding opponents under 48.0 percent from the field.
• Purdue has held 12 of its last 13 opponents (winning streak; Maryland – 75) to 69 or fewer points.
• Purdue has won five straight road games dating to last year … all five wins (Northwestern – last year; Marquette, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota) have come against teams that made the 2017 NCAA Tournament.
• Vincent Edwards scored 25 points (one shy of career high) with five rebounds and two assists … he made a career-high five 3-pointers … he surpassed 1,400 career points in the victory … in three career games at Williams Arena, Vincent Edwards averaged 20.3 points, 6.3 rebounds and 3.0 assists while shooting 22-of-38 .579) from the field and 11-of-17 (.647) from 3-point range … he also surpassed 150 career 3-pointers in the victory.
• Carsen Edwards scored 14 points with a career-high seven assists against zero turnovers and three rebounds … he scored 11 of his 14 points after halftime … Purdue is now 29-4 during his career when he scores 10 or more points.
• Dakota Mathias added 12 points, six rebounds and four assists … he has now made a 3-pointer in 25 straight games, tied for the second-longest streak in school history … he made his 50th 3-pointer of the season in the victory.
• Isaac Haas tallied 14 points with five rebounds and two blocks … he went 4-of-5 from the field and is now 27-of-40 (.675) from the field in the last five games, averaging 15.6 points per game in that span.
• Nojel Eastern, a 6-foot, 6-inch freshman point guard, had his best game of his young career, with four points, 10 rebounds and three assists in a career-high 24 minutes … Eastern becomes the first guard with 10 rebounds in a game since Terone Johnson on Jan. 27, 2013, vs. Iowa.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Purdue’s star power forward Vincent Edwards has thoroughly enjoyed his visits to Minnesota.
His last trip was the best yet, as the Boilermakers took full advantage of the reeling Gophers.
Edwards scored 25 points in 29 minutes on 9-for-14 shooting for fifth-ranked Purdue, and the Boilermakers romped past undermanned Minnesota 81-47 on Saturday for their 13th consecutive victory.
”I love playing here. It’s like one of my favorite places to play in the Big Ten. I just always seem to find a good rhythm here,” said Edwards, who won two of his three games on the raised court and finished with 61 points in 99 minutes on 12-for-17 shooting from 3-point range in his career at Williams Arena.
Isaac Haas pitched in 14 points and five rebounds for Purdue (17-2, 6-0), which produced its best Big Ten start since going 8-0 to begin conference play in the 1989-90 season. This is the fourth 6-0 start in the Big Ten in Boilermakers history. They’re tied for the program’s best record at the 19-game overall mark since 1987-88.
Just as important in the performance by Edwards was his defense on Jordan Murphy, who finished with just 10 points and four rebounds for the Gophers. He went nearly 22 minutes without scoring after producing Minnesota’s first six points.
”We knew that if we could keep them off the glass, keep Murphy off the glass, then we were going to be in great shape,” Edwards said. ”Just force them into a bunch of tough shots.”
The Gophers (13-6, 2-4) have lost all three games since center Reggie Lynch was suspended and small forward Amir Coffey was sidelined by a shoulder injury. This was the second-largest margin of defeat at home in program history, behind only a 90-51 loss to No. 1 UCLA on Dec. 20, 1968.
”It’s just different. You need some time to adjust,” Painter said.
Edwards had 20 points by the break and spent much of the second half resting on the bench with the game well in hand. He made four of his five 3-pointers before halftime, and the Boilermakers finished with 24 assists and just 11 turnovers after outscoring the Gophers 41-20 in the second half.
Carsen Edwards added 14 points and Dakota Mathias scored 12 points for the Boilermakers, who pulled out a 70-69 victory at Michigan on Tuesday night after a go-ahead free throw by Haas with 4 seconds remaining.
After a Thanksgiving weekend stumble in the Bahamas at the Battle 4 Atlantis when they lost by three points to Tennessee and four points to Western Kentucky, Edwards, who shot a combined 7 for 26 in those defeats, and the Boilermakers have bounced back strong.
They began this week with their highest ranking in The Associated Press poll since taking the No. 3 spot on Feb. 22, 2010, a week when they won at Minnesota on a Wednesday and then lost at Michigan State on a Sunday to drop to seventh in the following poll. Hummel was hurt in that game against the Gophers.
MURPHY TO BED
The Gophers registered their season-low shooting percentage (28.8) for the second straight game. They were outrebounded 46-29. Murphy, whose 17 consecutive double-doubles were the most in the country since Wake Forest’s Tim Duncan to start the 1996-97 season, has gone two straight games without one.
”It was huge,” Mathias said. ”Obviously he’s one of the best players in the Big Ten, and the country.”
Minnesota head coach Richard Pitino was whistled for a technical foul 3:33 into the game. Already angered by an earlier offensive foul called on Murphy, Pitino erupted after Haas hit Gophers point guard Nate Mason in the throat without a whistle. Murphy had to hold Pitino back from charging onto the court.
Purdue: With a perfect record through one-third of the conference schedule and four seniors in their starting lineup, the Boilermakers have established themselves as the top contender for the Big Ten title with preseason favorite Michigan State. They only play the fourth-ranked Spartans once this season, a road game on Feb. 10, and now have a two-game lead on both Michigan State and Michigan. Ohio State, which plays at Rutgers on Sunday night, is 5-0 in league play.
”They’re playing with a great purpose,” Pitino said. ”They coach themselves. Matt’s a terrific coach, but you can tell they’re coaching each other.”
Minnesota: A season that began with high hopes has swiftly spiraled out of control, a slump triggered by sexual assault allegations against the senior Lynch and the untimely injury to the sophomore Coffey. The top three backcourt players for the Gophers had an abysmal afternoon, with Mason, Dupree McBrayer and Isaiah Washington shooting a combined 6 for 29.
”Shots aren’t falling and games aren’t going our way,” Murphy said, ”but we have to just keep our heads up.”
Purdue: Hosts Wisconsin on Tuesday, with the chance to match the program’s longest winning streak in eight years. The Boilermakers won their first 14 games of the 2009-10 season. The last victory of that streak was against the Gophers.
Minnesota: Plays at Penn State on Monday, the first of three straight games away from home. The Gophers gave up a home game for the Big Ten’s showcase event in New York on Jan. 20, when they take on Ohio State at Madison Square Garden.