Maurice Ager hit a clutch 3-point shot to send the game in overtime and then sophomore forward Paul Davis hit two free throws with just 5.2 seconds remaining in the overtime session to give MSU the shocking win.
"(Minnesota) outplayed us for two-thirds of the game, but give our team credit," coach Tom Izzo said. "I felt that was Paul Davis' best game of the year."
Davis scored 15 of his team high 19 points after the intermission, throttling the efforts of super freshman Kris Humphries who was trying to get the Gophers their first Big Ten win of the season. Humphries had 28 points to no avail as Minnesota suffered their sixth straight conference loss.
While the Spartans were elated at wiping out the huge deficit, Minnesota was crestfallen after blowing a huge lead over a team that did appear to be ready to play.
"We couldn't have put ourselves in a better situation in the first half," Humphries said. "We just couldn't put them away."
The huge MSU comeback win overshadowed the record setting performance by Minnesota's Michael Bauer. Bauer set the all-time mark for career three-point shots in Gopher basketball history when he hit his 174th early in the first half.
"That was probably the most gut-wrenching loss I've ever experienced," said Bauer.