Penn St. 66, Minnesota 63
Talor Battle scored 28 points and hit a 3-pointer in a late 8-0
run that propelled Penn State to a 66-63 win over Minnesota on
David Jackson added 13 points and five rebounds for the Nittany
Lions (14-11, 7-7), who kept their NCAA tournament hopes alive.
Penn State led most of the game, and Jackson’s 3 with just more
than 11 minutes left gave them a 10-point lead.
But Minnesota (17-9, 6-8) slowly chipped away at the deficit,
then went up 60-57 on Colton Iverson’s dunk with 2:09 left.
The Nittany Lions answered with the 8-0 run including Battle’s
deep 3 with 1:12 left. They were aided by back-to-back turnovers by
the Gophers, and Battle’s foul shot with 5 seconds left put Penn
State up by three.
Blake Hoffarber led the Gophers with 18 points and Trevor Mbakwe
added a double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds.
Minnesota struggled offensively early, but shot 56 percent in
the second half to stay close. The taller, bigger Gophers played to
their strength by being aggressive on the boards, outrebounding
Penn State 34-22, including 25-15 on the defensive glass.
But sloppy ball-handling and 13 turnovers hurt Minnesota. After
Battle’s 3 gave Penn State a 62-60 lead with 1:12 left, Austin
Hollins was called for traveling in the backcourt with 37 seconds
Battle hit a free throw for a three-point lead, but Penn State
was whistled for a lane violation to give the ball back to
Minnesota. The Gophers then gave the ball right back after
Hoffarber threw an errant pass with 14 seconds left.
The Nittany Lions scored 17 points off turnovers, while giving
the ball up just five times. Battle finished 7 of 14 from 3-point