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Gophers advance to Big Ten Tourney semifinals with win over Purdue

Minnesota's Amir Coffey (5) goes up for a basket against Purdue's Matt Haarms (32) and Nojel Eastern (20) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Conference tournament, Friday, March 15, 2019, in Chicago. Photo: (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)
Minnesota's Amir Coffey (5) goes up for a basket against Purdue's Matt Haarms (32) and Nojel Eastern (20) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Conference tournament, Friday, March 15, 2019, in Chicago.

March 15, 2019 08:40 PM

Jordan Murphy scored 27 points, Amir Coffey added 21 points and Minnesota beat No. 13 Purdue 75-73 on Friday night to advance to the Big Ten Tournament semifinals.
    
Murphy drove for a go-ahead three-point play and hit two free throws in the closing minutes, and the Gophers (21-12) beat the Boilermakers (23-9) for the second time in 10 days when Carsen Edwards missed a 3 as time expired.
    
Murphy finished three points shy of his season high. He also had eight rebounds.
    
Coffey made 7 of 13 shots. Daniel Oturu added 13 points and 10 rebounds, helping Minnesota advance to the semifinals for the second time in three years. The Gophers will face the Michigan-Iowa winner.
    
Matt Haarms scored 16 points for Purdue. Ryan Cline added 14 points and eight assists. But after winning 17 of 20 to surge to a share of their second conference regular-season championship in three years, the Boilermakers never really found their rhythm.
    
Purdue made just 6 of 24 3-pointers, with Carsen Edwards missing seven of eight from beyond the arc. The Big Ten's leading scorer, he finished with 11 points on 4-of-17 shooting.
    
Minnesota led by as much as 10 in the second half. But Trevion Williams put back a missed 3 by Edwards to give Purdue a 71-69 lead with about 3:30 remaining.
    
Murphy drove for a three-point play to put Minnesota back on top and hit two free throws with 1:17 remaining to make it a three-point game.
    
After a week miss by Haarms inside, Minnesota committed a shot-clock violation with 27 seconds left.
    
Haarms scored in the post to cut it to 74-73 with 12 seconds left. Purdue immediately fouled Dupree McBrayer, who hit the first free throw but missed the second.
    
Haarms grabbed the rebound, but Edwards missed the potential winning 3 from the left corner as time expired.
    
BIG PICTURE
    
Minnesota: The Gophers were already a good bet to make the NCAA coming into this tournament. They might have avoided a play-in game with their overtime victory over Penn State on Thursday and followed it up with an impressive win.
    
Purdue: The Boilermakers missed their share of open shots and paid in a big way. Instead of making a push for their second Big Ten Tournament title, they'll try to regroup for the NCAAs.
    
UP NEXT
    
Minnesota: Will face No. 10 Michigan or Iowa in the semifinals Saturday at 2:30 p.m. Central.
    
Purdue: Awaits NCAA invitation.

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