MINNEAPOLIS - Austin Hollins had 18 points and nine rebounds, and Minnesota went 23 for 27 from the free-throw line to hang on for an 82-79 victory over Purdue on Sunday, the first in the Big Ten for new coach Richard Pitino.
Andre Hollins added 17 points and five assists and made 9 of his 11 foul shots for the Gophers (12-3, 1-1), who led by as many as 19 points in the second half before surviving a determined comeback.
The Boilermakers (10-5, 0-2) grabbed 21 offensive rebounds to stay in the game, and after Malik Smith missed two free throws with 4 seconds left, Kendall Stephens had a half-court heave to tie it that fell well short.
Stephens hit a 3-pointer right before that sequence from the top of the key to pull Purdue within three points.
"For about 35 minutes of the game, we played phenomenal," said Pitino. "Certainly, when you're up by 19 and they cut it to three, and you want to focus on the negatives, but you have to remember that for about 80 percent of the game, we played great defense."
Terone Johnson had 18 points and Ronnie Johnson had 12 points for the Boilermakers.