WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Carsen Edwards found his shot just in time.
The Purdue guard scored 15 of his 17 points in the second half to lead the No. 17 Boilermakers to a 73-63 victory over Minnesota on Sunday.
“Carsen needed the ball to go in, he needed to feel better about himself,” Purdue coach Matt Painter said. “He’s a guy that can score in a variety of ways, but still when you struggle, you still need something to get you going. His ability to get aggressive, make a pullup, get to the rim, get fouled, make some plays at the rim, make a layup, really gave him confidence. And I think it gave our team confidence, too.”
Trevion Williams added 16 points and Matt Haarms had 15 points, eight rebounds and five blocked shots for the Boilermakers (16-6, 9-2 Big Ten), who moved into a three-way tie with Michigan and Michigan State for the Big Ten lead.
“We knew it was going to be a dogfight,” Haarms said. “We didn’t want to be the team that got punched, we wanted to be the team that was dishing out the hits. You could really see that out on the court. We were the team that was playing with intensity.”
Amir Coffey scored 22 points, Daniel Oturu had 19 points and nine rebounds off the bench, and Jordan Murphy contributed 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Golden Gophers (16-6, 6-5).
The Boilermakers scored 13 straight to tie the game midway through the second half. Harms scored on a layup following an offensive rebound from his own missed 3-pointer to tie it at 47 with 9:50 to play.
It was part of a big 21-2 run in which the Boilermakers recovered after appearing to fall apart in an uncharacteristic stretch late in the first half and early part of the second.
Purdue jumped out to an 8-0 lead to start the game and led most of the first half until a late 10-2 run by Minnesota. Coffey dunked with 1:10 remaining in the half to give the Golden Gophers a 28-27 halftime lead.
Minnesota then used a 7-0 spurt to build a lead early in the second half. And a 10-1 run ended with Oturu’s layup to put Minnesota ahead 47-34 with 14:13 remaining.
Then Purdue went on its big run. Edwards scored 11 points to lead the Boilermakers’ rally after a quiet first half. Ryan Cline, who finished with 11 points, made back-to-back 3-pointers to give Purdue a 55-49 lead with 8:02 to play.
“Clearly with this team, Edwards and Cline are a big, big part of what they do,” Minnesota coach Richard Pitino said. “They make timely shots.”
The Boilermakers led by as many as 12 after Nojel Eastern’s free throw with 21 seconds left.
Purdue was just 1 of 13 from 3-point range in the first half and 5 of 24 for the game. Going into the game against Minnesota, the Boilermakers led the Big Ten averaging 10.9 made 3-pointers a game. In the previous six games, they shot 46.2 percent from 3.
Haarms made back-to-back blocks seconds apart in the second half and still found time to celebrate in between. He first blocked a layup attempt by Isaiah Washington, pumped both arms in celebration and then blocked an attempt by Murphy, knocking the ball to midcourt, where Edwards picked it up and scored a fast-break layup to put the Boilermakers within two, 47-45.
Minnesota: The Golden Gophers let this one slip away. Still, taking the lead just before halftime and going ahead by 13 after the break is a good sign in the middle of a stretch against ranked opponents, including Wisconsin and Michigan State.
Purdue: The Boilermakers looked like they were going to let the game slip away after Minnesota’s push early in the second half. Purdue struggled to make up for Edwards’ poor shooting in the first half. He was just 1 of 9 from the field.
Minnesota: Hosts No. 24 Wisconsin on Wednesday.
Purdue: Hosts Nebraska on Saturday.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Kenisha Bell and Destiny Pitts both scored nine fourth-quarter points and Minnesota held off No. 17 Rutgers, the Big Ten leader, 60-46 on Sunday.
Bell finished with 19 points, nine at the free-throw line, Pitts had 14, Brunson 13 and Taiye Bello had 11 points with a career-high 21 rebounds for her ninth double-double this season for the Gophers (15-7, 4-7).
The Scarlet Knights (17-5, 9-2) saw their conference lead cut to a half-game over No. 11 Maryland (8-2), which plays last-place Illinois Monday.
Rutgers led 23-17 at halftime before the Gophers overtook the Scarlet Knights by ending the final 3:21 of the third quarter on a 13-2 run to go up 39-33 with Brunson scoring nine points in the period.
Rutgers got back within five after Ciani Cryor’s 3-pointer with 5:48 remaining. But the Scarlet Knights made only three of their final nine shots and turned the ball over twice with the Gophers taking advantage as Bell scored nine points and Pitts six to finish the game.
Tied after a quarter, Rutgers scored the first nine points of the second period when the Gophers managed just one field goal on 13 attempts. Though Minnesota shot only 17 percent in the half, the deficit was only six.
Stasha Carey was the only Rutgers player to score in double figures with 16 points.
MINNEAPOLIS — Nicole Schammel broke a 3-3 tie with 3:23 remaining and Taylor Wente iced the win with an empty net goal in the final minute as the No. 2 University of Minnesota women’s hockey team secured a 5-3 win and series split with visiting Minnesota Duluth at Ridder Arena on Sunday afternoon.
Minnesota (25-4-1, 15-4-1-0 WCHA) responded with its 25th win of the season after falling to the Bulldogs, 3-2 in overtime, in game one of this weekend’s series on Saturday. In Sunday’s win, the Gophers received multiple points from Schammel (1g-1a), Wente (1g-1a), Sarah Potomak (1g-1a), and Taylor Heise (2a) and Sydney Scobee made 26 saves in net against the Bulldogs.
The Gophers were two-for-two on the power play, including Schammel’s game-winner, while holding Minnesota Duluth scoreless on two opportunities with the skater advantage.
Minnesota Duluth (12-12-2-2, 8-8-2-2 WCHA) was led by three points from Gabbie Hughes and a two-point effort from Anneke Linser (1g-1a). Maddie Rooney made 39 saves as the Gophers outshot the visitors, 44-29, for the game.
The teams played a back-and-forth game that was ultimately decided when Schammel scored her 11th goal of the season, solving Rooney on the power play and breaking a 3-3 tie with under four minutes remaining. UMD pulled Rooney for the extra attacker in the game’s final 90 seconds, and Wente capitalized with her 10th goal of the season, sealing the win with an empty-net goal with 37 seconds on the clock.
The Bulldogs took a 1-0 lead into the first intermission on a goal by Linser despite the Gophers holding a 12-6 advantage in shots on goal over the opening period.
Minnesota responded in the second period when Catie Skaja got the scoring started for the Gophers, scoring her fifth of the year off a feed from Olivia Knowles and Abigail Boreen at the 3:10 mark of the middle frame. S. Potomak gave the Gophers their first lead of the game just 1:11 later with her sixth of the season and second of the weekend but the Bulldogs responded 51 seconds later on a goal by Ryleigh Houston, and the teams took a 2-2 tie into the second intermission.
Amy Potomak put Minnesota up by one with a power play goal early in the third period, but the Bulldogs again responded, tying the game at 3-3 on a tally by Hughes midway through the third. However, Schammel and Wente put the game away for Minnesota in the final five minutes, and the Gophers skated away with the win.
Up next, the Gophers have a weekend off from competition before returning to Ridder Arena to host Minnesota State in its final home series of the regular season at 7:07 p.m. CT on Friday, Feb. 15.