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Big Ten Monday night recap: Boilers survive Mastodon attack

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IPFW at Purdue

Although Kendall Stephens and A.J. Hammons were replaced in the starting lineup by P.J. Thompson and Isaac Haas for this game, the two veterans still managed to lead the Boilers in scoring with 13 points a piece during the 63-43 romp over IPFW. The Mastodons, who were the most successful Division I basketball program in the state of Indiana last year, didn't look so mighty in this one. They fell behind 26-8 in the first half and shot just 29 percent from the field during the game.

IPFW was able to pull to within seven points midway through the second half, but Purdue's size proved to be too much. The Boilers totaled 10 blocks, including five from Hammons, who also pulled down 12 rebounds. The Boilers will host Arkansas State on Wednesday.

North Dakota at Minnesota

Six Gophers scored in double figures, DeAndre Mathieu dished out a career-high 10 assists, and Minnesota punished North Dakota by the score of 92-56. This one was never very competitive, as the Gophers shot 60 percent from the field and were led by an incredible 9-for-11 performance from Mo Walker. The senior poured in a career-high 22 points to go with his seven rebounds and three blocks. Freshman guard Nate Mason added 11 points, eight assists, and six steals of the bench for a Gopher team that totaled 25 assists -- the same number of turnovers that it forced upon North Dakota. Minnesota will next take on Southern this Wednesday.