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Purdue upends No.21 Minnesota 81-62

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Purdue 81, #21 Minnesota 62 (Postgame Notes) 

  • Purdue improved to 12-6 overall and 7-4 in the Big Ten with an 81-62 win over No. 21-ranked Minnesota at Mackey Arena on Saturday night.
  • The win was Purdue’s fifth win in its last six games, three of the wins coming against nationally-ranked teams.
  • Purdue improved to 106-85 against Minnesota and 42-7 against the Golden Gophers at Mackey Arena. The 19-point margin was the largest in the series since Feb. 25, 2018. Nine of the previous 12 meetings had been decided by four or fewer points or in overtime.
  • Purdue outscored Minnesota 51-27 in the second half. Purdue shot 60.0 percent in the second half and was 8-of-10 from deep in the final 20 minutes after going 0-of-5 in the opening half.
  • The game was the 800thplayed in Mackey Arena history. Purdue is now 655-145 (.819) all-time in the arena.
  • The win was No. 174 in Big Ten play for head coach Matt Painter, tying Illinois’ Harry Coombs for eighth on the all-time Big Ten wins list (174). Jud Heathcote (182) is next.
  • Purdue has now won 20 straight games when scoring at least 80 points.
  • Purdue is 23-23 against nationally-ranked teams since the start of the 2016-17 season. The 23 wins are tied for eighth-most nationally in that timeframe.
  • Over the last 23 games at home against nationally-ranked teams (dating to 2014-15 season), Purdue is now 18-5. In 15 of the games, Purdue was an unranked team, posting a 12-3 record in those games.
  • Since the start of the 2018-19 season, Purdue has recorded seven wins against nationally-ranked teams by at least 15 points, the most in the country.
  • Purdue trailed 24-10 with 9:00 remaining in the first half. Purdue outscored the Golden Gophers 71-38 from that point on.
  • The 14-point comeback gives Purdue four comebacks this year of 11 or more points, tied for the most in school history (1982-83 also had four comebacks of 11 or more points).
  • Purdue freshmen accounted for 51 of Purdue’s 81 points (63.0 percent). The 51 points scored are the second most for a freshman class during the Matt Painter era (54 vs. Loyola Chicago; Nov. 24, 2007). The group also accounted for all of Purdue’s 3-pointers (8) and 17 rebounds.
  • Brandon Newman scored a career-high 29 points with six rebounds. His 29 points are the fourth most by a freshman in school history and the second most by a Purdue freshman in Mackey Arena history.
    • 38 – Kyle Macy vs. Minnesota (1-3-76)
    • 32 – Russell Cross vs. Tennessee (12-6-80)
    • 30 – A.J. Hammons vs. [3] Indiana (1-30-13)
    • 29 – Brandon Newman vs. [21] Minnesota (1-30-21)
  • Newman’s five 3-pointers tie the school record by a Purdue freshman.
  • Trevion Williams recorded his seventh double-double of the season with 17 points, 14 rebounds and three assists. He has four double-doubles in his last five games.
  • Mason Gillis just missed his first career double-double with 11 points and nine rebounds.
  • Eric Hunter Jr., scored just four points, but had six rebounds and seven assists and held Marcus Carr to six points on 2-of-13 shooting.