WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - D.J. Byrd and Rapheal Davis each scored 18 points as Purdue rolled past Minnesota 89-73 on Saturday.
The Boilermakers (15-16, 8-10) won for the second time in three games as they head into next week's Big Ten tournament.
For Minnesota (20-11, 8-10), it was another tough day on the road. Minnesota missed seven of its first eight shots, found itself in a quick 20-5 hole and never got closer than seven again.
Andre Hollins scored 24 points, Rodney Williams added 13 points and Mbakwe finished with six points and 10 rebounds after playing fewer than five minutes in the first half. Minnesota lost its third straight to the Boilermakers and its eighth consecutive road game.
Byrd, one of two seniors playing his final regular-season home game, produced his best scoring total of the season on Keady Court on a day that his coach Matt Painter picked up career win No. 200.
"It's all about runs and who gets it at the right time. And luckily we were able to get one right there to take the lead back up and not them get back in the game," said senior guard D.J. Byrd.
When Minnesota rallied Saturday, the Boilermakers clamped down defensively and scored eight straight points to extend their lead to 61-46 and the rest is history.
Matt Painter needs one more win to tie Ray Eddy for third on Purdue's career victory list with 176.
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