Purdue blows out Minnesota 89-73
Purdue 89, Minnesota 73: Senior guard D.J. Byrd scored 18 points, grabbed a team-high seven rebounds and had five assists as the host Boilermakers presented head coach Matt Painter with his 200th career victory.
Rapheal Davis also scored 18 points and A.J. Hammons and Ronnie Johnson added 14 points apiece for for Purdue (15-16, 8-10 Big Ten), which shot 54 percent and finished with a 42-28 edge in the paint.
Andre Hollins finished with 24 points, including six 3-pointers, and had nine assists for the Golden Gophers (20-11, 8-10), who lost their eighth straight road game, the team's longest conference road skid since 1999-2000.
Purdue showed no letdown following a bitter 80-75 home loss to No. 8 Michigan on Wednesday, jumping out to a 30-9 lead with 8:37 to go in the first half. The Gophers closed to within 36-25 on a 3-pointer by Austin Hollins but the Boilermakers closed the half with a 8-2 run fueled by five points by Byrd to lead 44-27 at halftime.
The Gophers nailed four 3-pointers in the first five minutes of the second half to close to within 51-44 with 14:49 to go. But the Boilermakers answered with a 13-2 run a few minutes later to up their lead to 66-48, and Minnesota never got closer than 12 points the rest of the way.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Purdue, which entered the weekend as the top-ranked rebounding team in the Big Ten, finished with a 33-30 edge on the boards. ... The 44 points at halftime marked the highest first-half scoring total of the season for the Boilermakers. ... Boilermaker F Sandi Marcius, who left the Michigan game with a sprained right ankle, scored two points and had two rebounds off the bench.
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