The 25th ranked Gopher men's basketball team defeated #8 Purdue Thursday night at Williams Arena.  Al Nolen made the game-winning basket with 3:05 left when he hit a 3-point basket breaking a 67-all tie.  No one scored the rest of the way.  Blake Hoffarber led the Gophers with 26 points and Nolen added 13 points and 8 assists.  Purdue was led by Jajuan Johnson with 29 points and 11 rebounds.  The Gopher shot 53 percent from the field while Purdue shot 38 percent.  Purdue outrebounded the Gophers 34-24.  Minnesota improves to 2-3 in the Big Ten and 13-4 overall.  The Gophers host Iowa at 5pm Sunday.