Edey's career night powers No. 5 Purdue past Minnesota
WEST LAFAYETE, Ind. (AP) — Zach Edey set career highs with 31 points and 22 rebounds, powering No. 5 Purdue past Minnesota 89-70 Sunday in the Big Ten opener for both teams.
The 7-foot-4 Edey started slowly, making only one of his first seven shots. He dominated after that, finishing 11 of 23 from the field and 9 of 10 from the foul line.
Edey has scored at least 20 points in seven straight games.
Fletcher Loyer scored 20 for Purdue (8-0). Brandon Newman had 13 and Trey Kaufman-Renn and Caleb First each scored 10. Furst started in place of Mason Gillis, who sat out with a minor back injury.
Jamison Battle led the Golden Gophers (4-4) with 21 points. Ta'Lon Cooper added 15 points for Minnesota.
The Boilermakers used a 15-0 run to take 42-20 lead with 1:34 left in the half. Minnesota scored the final seven points before the break.
Purdue held a 41-21 rebounding edge, leading to a 17-2 advantage in second-chance points.
Minnesota: The Golden Gophers lost their third in a row overall. They've dropped four of their last five against Purdue.
Purdue: With two victories, Purdue figures to remain the top five. The Boilermakers, who were ranked as high as No. 1 last season, have been ranked in the top five in consecutive years for the first time since the 1986-87 and 1987-88. The Boilermakers have spent 13 of the past 23 AP polls ranked in the top five. The only team with more weeks in top five is Gonzaga (22).
Minnesota: Hosts Michigan on Thursday night.
Purdue: Hosts Hofstra on Wednesday night.
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