Gophers struggle with their shot in Purdue loss

The Golden Gophers (10-15, 2-11) shot a season-low 29.6 percent from the field and tied a season-low 47 points as they fell to the Purdue Boilermakers (17-9, 7-6) 65-47 at home.

Minnesota was held scoreless for the first 4:28, while Purdue went on an 11-0 run at the beginning of the game. Ben Johnson made a three-pointer to end Minnesota's drought and make it 11-3. Purdue led the entire first half and shot 50 percent from the arc. Buckley was 4-6 from the field and 2-4 from the arc and had 10 first half points.


Purdue took a 14-point lead, its largest of the first half, with 5:46 to remaining in the half to make it 32-18 off a jumper by David Teague. The Golden Gophers ended the first with six straight points and cut the lead to eight at 32-24.


Both teams struggled from the field early in the second and Purdue went on a 4:40 scoring drought until a 3-pointer by David Teague put the Boilermakers up by nine 35-26. Purdue gradually increased their lead the rest of the way.


The Golden Gophers were within seven points at 37-30 with 12:55 left. However, the Boilermakers pushed the lead back up to 14 at 49-35 with 6:53 remaining. Purdue took its largest lead of the game with 20 seconds left to make the it 65-45 and the final score was 65-47.


Minnesota struggled from the field most of the game, while Purdue came out strong and shot 50 percent in the first half.


Purdue had four players in double figures. Melvin Buckley led the way, off the bench, with 15 points. Ben Johnson led Minnesota with 16 points for the game, eleven of them coming in the first half. He was five of six from the field and three of four from beyond the arc. Kris Humphries was held to 14 points and a season-low three rebounds. He shot five of 16 from the field.


Buckley led Purdue with 15 points, while Teague added 13 points and had seven boards. Brandon McKnight and Kenneth Lowe each had 10 points.


Minnesota faces Ohio State at Williams Arena on Wednesday night at 7 p.m.


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