Originally written on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 10/21/14
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Gophers senior center Ralph Sampson III is supposed to be one of Minnesota's leaders on and off the court, especially with fellow senior Trevor Mbakwe out for the season with an ACL injury. But in Minnesota's 79-66 loss to Purdue on Sunday, Sampson was seemingly nowhere to be found. Sampson finished with just two points in 13 minutes and also added three rebounds and two turnovers. It was the fewest points for Sampson since he was held scoreless in 10 minutes against Dayton on Nov. 27. His lone basket Sunday came on a putback to open the scoring in the second half. Sampson has now had games with zero points, one point and two points this season -- not exactly what the Gophers need from their lone healthy senior. Minnesota also didn't get much production from junior college transfer Julian Welch, who had been one of the Gophers' most consistent scorers prior to Sunday. He had scored in double figures in 11 of his last 12 games, but had just four poi...
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