Purdue Drops Road Game to Minnesota, 82-79
January 6, 2014HOOSIER SPORTS 365
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Terone Johnsonput up 18 points, but the Boilermakers fell to Minnesota 82-79 on Sunday afternoon.
Ronnie Johnson added 13 points for Purdue.
Austin Hollins had 18 points and nine rebounds, and Minnesota went 23 for 27 from the free-throw line to hang on for the victory, the first in the Big Ten for new coach Richard Pitino.
Andre Hollins added 17 points and five assists and made 9 of his 11 foul shots for the Gophers (12-3, 1-1), who led by as many as 19 points in the second half before surviving a determined comeback. The Boilermakers (10-5, 0-2) grabbed 21 offensive rebounds to stay in the game, and after Malik Smith missed two free throws with 4 seconds left, Kendall Stephens had a half-court heave to tie it that fell well short.
Stephens hit a 3-pointer right before that sequence from the top of the key to pull Purdue within three points.
The Gophers led 70-54 with 7:10 left, but Terone Johnson and Sterling Carterhit 3-pointers to bring Purdue within 76-72 with 2:16 remaining, the closest the Boilermakers came since the same mark in the first half. Until Smith's misses, though, the Gophers sank six straight foul shots over the closing minutes to stay in front.
The Boilermakers made five 3-pointers over the first 16 minutes of the game, but when they were able to drive through the zone they rarely looked for Hammons, who had 18 points plus a career-high 16 rebounds, five blocks and four assists on Tuesday against No. 3 Ohio State. Hammons attempted only two field goals and finished with seven points.
The Boilermakers brought a promising young core into this season after finishing 16-17 and missing the NCAA tournament for the first time in seven years, with three sophomores and a freshman in the starting lineup and three other freshmen part of the rotation off the bench.