Defensive specialist Nate Tubbs picked the right time to get offensive.
Tubbs scored a career-high 16 points Saturday night to help Minnesota upset ninth-ranked Purdue, 81-60, in a Big Ten Conference game at Minneapolis.
"The shots came, and they were good shots," Tubbs said. "Part of being a senior is knowing when to take good shots within the offense. I got on sort of a roll for a while, and I was fortunate enough to have teammates looking for me."
Voshon Lenard and Jayson Walton each scored 17 points for Minnesota (10-1 overall, 2-0 in the Big Ten) as the Gophers sent the Boilermakers (9-2, 0-2) to their second consecutive defeat. Glenn Robinson had 25 points for Purdue.
Minnesota's Clem Haskins got the 200th victory of his coaching career.
Joe Temple sank two free throws with one second left to give San Diego (6-6, 1-0) a 59-57 victory over Santa Clara (6-7, 0-1) in the West Coast Conference opener at Santa Clara. DeWayne Lewis had 18 points for the Broncos. . . . Chuck Terrell scored 18 points to lead Pacific (6-5, 2-1) past San Jose State, 74-61, in a Big West Conference game at San Jose. Daryl Scott had 22 points for the Spartans (3-7, 0-2). . . . Tomas Thompson scored 28 points to lead San Francisco (10-4) to a 70-68 victory over Maine (5-4) at San Francisco. Dan Hillman scored 25 points for the Black Bears. . . . Aaron Atkinson scored 11 points and four teammates had 10 as Colorado State (10-2, 2-2) defeated San Diego State, 82-67, in Western Athletic Conference game at Ft. Collins, Colo. Courtie Miller and Jason Hamilton each had 14 points for the Aztecs (4-8, 0-3). . . . Ralph Davis scored 18 points, leading Texas El Paso (9-5, 2-2) to a 73-67 WAC victory over Fresno State (7-6, 2-2) at El Paso. . . . Khari Jaxon scored 20 points as New Mexico (9-3, 2-2) routed Air Force (7-6, 1-3) in a WAC game, 63-43, at Albuquerque. . . . Rick Henry and Roman Totta each had 18 points as Wyoming (9-3, 3-1) defeated Hawaii, 70-62, in a WAC game at Laramie, Wyo. Trevor Ruffin scored 24 points for Hawaii (5-6, 1-2). . . . Phil Dixon made a 10-foot jumper with 3.3 seconds to lift Utah (10-2, 3-0) to a 54-53 WAC victory over Brigham Young (9-5, 2-1) at Provo, Utah. . . . Al Hamilton scored 26 points, Elroy Miller added 23 and Stan Rose had 20 as Weber State (9-3) defeated Portland, 86-69, at Ogden, Utah. Matt Houle scored 28 points for the Pilots (5-6).
Anfernee Hardaway scored seven of his 35 points in the final minute of the second overtime and Memphis State (8-5) got past DePaul, 95-93, in a Great Midwest Conference opener at Rosemont, Ill. Tommy Kleinschmidt had 27 points for the Blue Demons (8-5). . . . Jevon Crudup scored 16 of his 21 points in the first half, leading Missouri (9-2, 1-0) past Colorado, 91-87, in a Big Eight game at Boulder, Colo. Donnie Boyce and Randy Robinson each had 23 points for the Buffaloes (6-5, 0-1). . . . Freshman Ryan Hoover set a school record by making seven three-pointers, scoring 28 points as Notre Dame (6-5) defeated Dayton, 71-66, at South Bend, Ind., to end a three-game losing streak. Chip Hare scored 33 points for the Flyers (1-11). . . . Tony Tolbert, who had 30 points, and Dwayne Kelley, who added 21, outscored previously undefeated Xavier, 11-9, in overtime to give Detroit Mercy (9-3) a 97-90 victory in an Midwest Collegiate Conference opener at Detroit. Brian Grant scored 34 points for the Musketeers (8-1). . . . Anthony Beane's three-pointer with 10 seconds left forced overtime and Kansas State (8-2) dominated in the extra period to defeat Oklahoma State, 75-62, in a Big Eight opener at Stillwater, Okla. Bryant Reeves had 24 points for the Cowboys (8-2). . . . Parrish Casebier scored 25 points as Evansville (7-4, 1-0) spoiled La Salle's MCC debut, 82-70, at Evansville, Ind. Kareem Townes had 25 points for the Explorers (4-5). . . . Eric Piatkowski's free throw with 33 seconds left gave Nebraska (11-3) a 66-65 victory over Missouri Kansas City (6-7) at Kansas City, Mo.