MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Vincent Edwards scored 25 points in 29 minutes on 9-for-14 shooting for fifth-ranked Purdue, and the Boilermakers easily beat undermanned Minnesota 81-47 on Saturday for their 13th consecutive victory.
Isaac Haas pitched in 14 points and five rebounds for Purdue (17-2, 6-0), which produced its best Big Ten start since going 8-0 to begin conference play in the 1989-90 season. This is the fourth 6-0 start in the Big Ten in Boilermakers history. They're tied for the program's best record at the 19-game overall mark since 1987-88.
Jordan Murphy had 10 points and four rebounds for the Gophers (13-6, 2-4), who have lost all three games since center Reggie Lynch was suspended and small forward Amir Coffey was sidelined by a shoulder injury. This was the second-largest margin of defeat at home in program history, behind only a 90-51 loss to No. 1 UCLA on Dec. 20, 1968.
Edwards had 20 points by the break and spent much of the second half resting on the bench with the game well in hand. He made four of his five 3-pointers before halftime, as the Boilermakers had their half-court offense humming. They finished with 24 assists and just 11 turnovers.
Carsen Edwards added 14 points and Dakota Mathias scored 12 points for the Boilermakers, who pulled out a 70-69 victory at Michigan on Tuesday night after a go-ahead free throw by Haas with 4 seconds remaining.
The Gophers registered their season-low shooting percentage (28.8) for the second straight game. They were outrebounded 46-29.
Purdue: With a perfect record through one-third of the conference schedule, the Boilermakers have established themselves as the top contender for the Big Ten title next to Michigan State. They only play the fourth-ranked Spartans once this season, a road game on Feb. 10.
Purdue: Hosts Wisconsin on Tuesday, with the chance to match the program's longest winning streak in eight years. The Boilermakers won their first 14 games of the 2009-10 season, with the last victory of that streak coming against the Gophers.
Minnesota: Plays at Penn State on Monday, the first of three straight games away from home. The Gophers gave up a home game for the Big Ten's showcase event in New York on Jan. 20, when they take on Ohio State at Madison Square Garden.
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