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Pitino's Gophers shocked No. 15 Purdue on the road

After blowing a lead in a loss to Michigan State, the Gophers kept their poise in an upset win over No. 15 Purdue.
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After blowing what looked like a win over Michigan State in their Big Ten opener, the Golden Gophers men's basketball team shocked the 15th-ranked Purdue Boilermakers 91-82 in overtime Sunday.

And they pulled the upset on the road against a team that many experts believe has enough talent to go all the way to the Final Four.

Nat Mason led Minnesota with a career high 31 points and 11 assists to give the Gophers the biggest win in the Richard Pitino era.

“It was a great win,” Pitino said. “It’s great for a lot of things. We had a long, tough offseason and we deserved it. But we had to sit there and take it. It’s nice for them to feel some success, sitting at 13-2 with a young team with a lot of room to grow.”

The odds were against a Gopher victory. Purdue had lost only twice at home in its last 33 games and they were heavy, 15-point favorites against the Gophers.

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