WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) -- Freshman Nate Minnoy scored 25
points to lead Purdue to an 82-75 win over Wofford on Saturday
night in Matt Painter's debut as coach of the Boilermakers.
New players gave the new coach the victory. Three freshmen --
Marcus Green, Chris Lutz and Minnoy -- started for Purdue. Another
freshman, Korey Spates, was the first player off the bench.
Freshmen combined to score 50 points in the win.
Painter replaced Gene Keady, who won 512 games in 25 years at
Purdue. The Boilermakers slipped to 7-21 last year, but the
season-opening win gave Purdue fans hope that a revival will come
sooner rather than later.
Wofford took a 74-71 lead on a Nichols 3-pointer with 2:18 to
go, but Spates scored six of his 16 points in the final 2 minutes.
Minnoy's debut was as impressive as Painter's. He scored 15
points in the first half as the Boilermakers built a 47-32 lead at
Painter went into the game saying he wouldn't take Wofford
lightly. The Terriers led No. 14 West Virginia 24-19 at halftime
before losing 61-41 last Sunday.
Wofford stayed in Saturday's game by making 12 3-pointers.
Purdue shot 59 percent from the field, but shot 15-for-29 from
the line and committed 21 turnovers.
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