MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- When Minnesota coach Dan Monson told his team
this was "toughness week," he was speaking J'son Stamper's
Stamper had 11 points and 10 rebounds, and Vincent Grier added
14 points as Minnesota beat Purdue 63-52 on Wednesday night, giving
the Gophers their first nine-game winning streak in seven years.
"That's what I came here for so I am looking forward to it,"
said Stamper, a 6-foot-6, 233-pound junior college transfer from
the Bronx. "This isn't a pretty team, but as long as we continue
to bring it, we'll keep winning."
Aaron Robinson added 12 points for Minnesota (12-3, 2-0 Big
"It was real physical and coach prepared us for that all
week," Robinson said. "He said that whoever was a tougher team
was going to win."
"It certainly was frustrating," said Gene Keady, who was
coaching his final game at Williams Arena.
Purdue is off to its worst start since the beginning the 1965-66
"If I did this my first year in coaching, I would have been an
insurance salesman a long time ago," Keady added.
The Gophers, meanwhile, improved to 2-0 in conference play for
first time under Monson and for the first time since the 1997 Final
The Gophers led the entire second half and the closest Purdue
came was 36-32 with 14:23 left. Purdue had another chance to get
within four with 5:30 left when Matt Kiefer missed a layup.
Minnesota pushed the ball the other way and Rico Tucker hit a
3-pointer to make it 51-42.
The Boilermakers could not get closer than seven points the rest
of the way.
Purdue held an early 5-3 lead, but then began to turn the ball
over at a rate of one per minute for the rest of the first half.
The Gophers scored 19 points off 15 turnovers to take a 28-22
Keady, who is retiring after 25 years at Purdue, finished with
12-12 record at Minnesota. Before the game, Monson gave Keady a
putter as a gift.
"I thanked him for being such a good role model in the
profession for me and everybody else," Monson said.
"I might break it on the way home," Keady joked. "But, in
Dan's honor I wouldn't do that. I appreciate it very much."
Gophers center Jeff Hagen fell off the raised court during a
play under the basket at the start of the second half. He suffered
a cut chin, and was sent to the locker room for stitches. After the
game, Monson said it was likely that Hagen suffered a concussion
too as he was nauseous. Hagen will be evaluated on Thursday.