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Gopher Game Blog: Gophers get Big 10 win #10

Reggie Lynch broke the single season record for blocks (95 for the year now) and moved into second all time for a single game (11) as the Minnesota Gophers defeated Penn State 81-71 at Williams Arena. Four players were in double figures led by 16 points (16 boards too) from Jordan Murphy and 16 points (and 10 boards) from Nate Mason.

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Pregame

Penn State beat Minnesota in January by one score in maybe the ugliest game to watch all year.  Both teams were terrible...Minnesota is in gold tonight...Today is alumni day at Minnesota.  The alumni gathering before the game included Randy Breuer, Blake Hoffarber, Jamal Abu-Shamala, Texas signed Jericho Sims with his father Doctor Sims (played here in the 70s). The alums will be announced at half...Minnesota will continue to start Nate Mason, Akeem Springs, Amir Coffey, Jordan Murphy, and Reggie Lynch.  The 9th man has moved from Ahmad Gilbert back to Michael Hurt lately...No recruiting guests have been mentioned for the game as of yet...Minnesota was 200 obstructed view seats away from a sellout this morning....

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First Half

Gophers open with a ball screen for Nate Mason who hits on possessions one…. Just scored again off a putback then hit a jumper….Coffey collects on a transition run, hits Mason for a lay-up, 8-5…Reggie with a great block-out.  Minnesota is doing that so much better right now.  And they all go to the glass….Murphy with a great one hand pass to a cutting Akeem Springs and I don’t think PSU noticed Akeem moved behind them…MN 10 PSU 5…

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Nate Mason with an offensive rebound!  Don’t have to say that much…Amir Coffey grabbed a dribble handoff and curled the screen tight to get to the rim for foul shots.  If the help can’t keep him in front that’s an impossible thing to stop…Reggie Lynch plays six minutes, goes to the bench, not fouls called on him.  That’s big.  Usually…Officials are letting a lot of contact go early.  Much grabbing and clutching.  No Gopher fouls yet, PSU has four…Mason goes under a screen so Shep Garner has the space to make a three…Dupree McBrayer has started cold missing his first three shots.  He and Springs cold early…Eric Curry aggressively boarding off the bench, but his first jumper was gross hitting no rim but crushing backboard…Garner hits from real deep.  That was NBA and he was contested hard by Dupree…MN 11 PSU 13…

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PSU with a zone press back into a man.  Good scouting.  Gophs have had trouble with a halfcourt zone or man trap but kill a halfcourt zone….Gophers getting some lay-ups now with good ball movement.  Coffey and Springs each with easy shots…PSU has hit four threes already and three of them have been hotly contested….MN 19 PSU 18…

Lynch with a three point play and then cuts to the rim when a defender fell and Mason hit him with a great pass.  Reggie has seven points and zero fouls…Penn State is playing tough defensively on ball and they are moving the ball well on O.  Can’t really board with the Gophs and they’ve broken down a few times already too but it’s a three point game…Michael Hurt has done a good job chasing and limiting his man on D….Mason with a big three!  MN 27 PSU 21…

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Second Half

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Reggie Lynch honored for breaking the record of Randy Breuer for single season blocks.  Reggie came into the game with 84, Breuer had 87, Lynch now has seven so his total is 91.  He was honored at the recent break…Penn State is back within three scores as the Gophers give up a double figure halftime lead again….Nate Mason just hit his fourth three of the game.  He’s 6 of 13 total for the game with 16 points…Dupree McBrayer with a nasty baseline throw own.  Great pass from Mason too.  McBrayer went by his game, through two others….MN 55 PSU 43…

Bakary Konate gets caught on Garner who attacked by Bakary kept him close and then Eric Curry had some great help to stop the drive.  Well done….McBrayer hits another shot and is in double figures.  His confidence is high right now…Michael Hurt with a good box-out to allow a board.  He’s played for about three straight minutes which is his longest stretch in a while….Bakary with four rebounds so far.  He’s rebounded well…PSU can’t keep Dupree in front, he just went by again for a one hand score…Bakary has four fouls…Mason has nine boards today…MN 65 PSU 53…

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Akeem Springs catches and hits a three off a second ball reversal.  His first three of the day…Eric Curry has twice moved off the ball in the second half to mid-lane unchecked and its led to off ball scores.  Active play…Amir with a great pass to Reggie for a two hand thunder dunk.  Reggie has 9 blocks, 9 points.  Akeem nails a three and this is over.  Only drama is to see if Reggie can get block ten and tie Joel Przybilla for second all time in a single game….MN 77 PSU 61…

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Reggie had his tenth block but then the stats said he deflected a pass.  So moments later he got his official tenth block tying him with Joel Pryzbilla for second place all time for single game blocks…Jordan Murphy gets hammered and fell hard but got up and made his foul shots, then threw down a nasty two hand slam….Reggie gets block 11 meaning second place all time for a single game is his.  I thought he should of tied the Mychal Thompson record of 12.  Lynch leaves the floor with zero fouls and the crowd goes wild with “Reggie! Reggie! Reggie!”….Minnesota wins their 10th Big Ten game for the first time in a dozen years and their seventh game won in a row in Big Ten for the first time in 20 years…MN 81 PSU 71…

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