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mason, murphy need to put northwestern disaster behind them

nate mason and jordan murphy spent the end of wednesday’s 23-point loss to northwestern on the bench, having each fouled out. the two all-big ten players stared at the court with glum looks as their teammates tried to finish the game heavily undermanned.already down two starters before the game, the gophers were missing their top four players by the time it was all over.“we definitely know we should be on the court,” murphy said. “we feel guilty about it. we know what we got to do.”minnesota’s outlook already looks bleak with center reggie lynch suspended indefinitely and guard amir coffey injured. mason and murphy compounded the team’s problems wednesday by picking the worst time to struggle in the same game — letting frustration lead first to foul trouble and then the bench.the gophers (13-5, 2-3) need their two captains on the floor and playing to their potential and beyond to have a chance to remain competitive in the big ten this season, starting saturday vs. no. 5 purdue (16-2, 5-0) at williams arena.“we have to be smarter, especially on the defensive end,” mason said. “play with our heads more than anything. just know that we can’t get into foul trouble like that. it hurts the team, especially murph. he’s way too valuable for the team.”gophers men’s basketball11 a.m. saturday vs. purdue (espn2)murphy’s seen his production drop in big ten play from 19.9 points on 59 percent shooting to 14.2 points on 35.7 percent shooting. lynch’s absen...