Purdue stays unbeaten with rout of Minnesota

The Sports Network

1/5/2010 11:00:57 PM

West Lafayette, IN (Sports Network) - E'Twaun Moore and Robbie Hummel each posted 18 points, as fourth-ranked Purdue downed Minnesota, 79-60, at Mackey Arena.

JaJuan Johnson scored 16 with 10 rebounds for the Boilermakers (14-0, 2-0 Big Ten), who look to stay one of the nation's remaining unbeatens at Wisconsin on Saturday. Purdue's current record is tied for the best start in school history. Purdue also started 14-0 in the 1993-94 season before advancing to the Elite Eight.

"It's a great accomplishment. We've tried our best to play a good non- conference schedule to get ready for the Big Ten," Purdue coach Matt Painter said. "I think today you saw some weaknesses with us taking care of the basketball. We had too many turnovers."

Paul Carter had 15 points, and Damian Johnson added 12 with seven boards for the Gophers (11-4, 2-1), who had won seven straight games coming in. They lost without the services of center Ralph Sampson III, who was sidelined with an ankle injury.

Johnson poured in six points during a 10-3 run to begin the second half, leaving Purdue with a 45-31 advantage.

Minnesota briefly awoke a short time later, cutting its deficit to 48-40, but Johnson's dunk and free throw extended the Boilermakers' lead to 51-40. The home team's edge never dipped below eight the rest of the way.

The Boilermakers opened the game on an 8-0 run, but Wisconsin's 9-2 run later evened the score at 13 on a Rodney Williams jumper.

The contest remained fairly close until Purdue's 12-0 run late in the half opened up an eight-point edge for the Boilermakers.

Ryne Smith began the surge with a trey to get the Boilermakers within one, Johnson's deuce gave Purdue a 26-24 lead, and Chris Kramer's trey to end the half made it 35-28.

Game Notes: Purdue leads the all-time series 94-78, and has won four in a row over Minnesota...The Boilermakers improved to 8-0 at home this season, and posted their 12th victory this year by double digits...The win gives Purdue its 500th win in Mackey Arena. They now have an all-time record of 500-113 in Mackey Arena.