The planned seeding of the Gophers men’s basketball team NCAA tournament has been down in the last few weeks with a string of losses, meaning Thursday’s game against Purdue in 24th was a great opportunity to reverse the slide .
Minnesota, a two-point favorite, stayed 15 minutes behind in the second half until Marcus Carr hit a deep 3-pointer with one minute left, two free throws with clutch and another 3-pointer for one 69-68 ahead by 11 seconds.
Carr’s exploits and gift of Kalscheur’s free throws resulted in a 71-68 win for the Boilermakers at William Arena. Carr swallowed the blame for his misses late in the Rutgers loss a week ago and made up for it on Thursday. He finished with 19 points.
Minnesota (13-7, 6-7 Big Ten) shared the season with the Boilermakers (13-8, 8-6). Gophers’ March Madness résumé added another notch with their fifth win over an Associated Press Top 25 team, hitting the highest level in a season since 2012-13.
Purdue’s big man, Trevion Williams, was their top player but was called in for a suspect after Carr’s last 3rd game. Williams had 15 points in the first half and finished at 24.U-Center Liam Robbins often defended Williams and only had two points of his own, a layup in the first minute, and ended at 11.
Minnesota won only the second time in 10 games when they couldn’t get more than 75 points.
Kaalscher had 16 points, including two late free throws seven seconds ahead. Kalscheur’s tight defense forced Sasha Steanovic to take a hard shot after the time ran out.
In their first matchup on January 30th, the Boilermakers were able to make up a 14-point deficit in the first half and win with 19. The massive 33-point swing was achieved by Brandon Newman’s career high of 29 points and Purdue with 17 offensive rebounds.
On Thursday, the Gophers had a seven-point lead eight minutes before the end of the game when Purdue ran 15-2 in the next five minutes and took a 30:24 lead. The highlight was an alley-oop dunk from Eric Hunter to Aaron Wheeler.
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