Gophers hang on to 91-84 overtime win over Furman

Minnesota (2-1) hung on to a 91-84 overtime win over Furman (2-2) as Ben Johnson posted a career- high 32 points. Furman took a 78-76 lead with 34 seconds left in the game on two free throws by Grand Rapids native Eric Webb. Michael Bauer rebounded and Adam Boone missed jumper and scored to tie the game with 14 seconds left. The Paladins missed a chance to win the game when Maleye Ndoye missed an open jumper as time expired.

Furman took its largest lead of the game at 48-43 on a three-pointer by Ndoye with 16:48 remaining. The Gophers fought back with a 13-4 run capped by a Johnson hoop to take a 56-52 lead with 12:53 left. Furman would tie the game at 71-71 on a Webb trey with 3:14 remaining, but Boone answered on the Gophers' ensuing possession with a three- pointer to give Minnesota a 74-71 edge. Stan Gaines missed two free throws with 2:16 on the clock and the Paladins reeled off five straight points to lead 76-74 with 1:02 left. Johnson made a fall-away jumper with 48 seconds to knot the game at 76-76.
The Gophers controlled overtime, taking a five-point edge at 83-78 on a Johnson driving layup. Minnesota expanded its lead to 91-82 on two free throws by Bauer. The Gophers were 8-for-12 from the line in overtime.
Minnesota led for the majority of the first half, taking a 17-10 advantage with 14:24 left. The Gophers led by as many as 10 points in the half with 8:26 on the clock on a Kris Humphries basket. Humphries was 6-of-6 for 13 points in the half. The Paladins came back to tie at 37-37, but Minnesota closed the first half with a 41-39 edge after two Johnson free throws.
In addition to Johnson's 32 points, Humphries added 26 points and seven rebounds, marking the third straight game he has topped the 20-point plateau. Adam Boone added a season-high 17 points.
Ndoye tied a career-high with 32 points, and he added nine rebounds and five assists. Quan Prowell added 15 for the Paladins.
Minnesota returns to action on Wednesday when it travels to Virginia for the Big Ten/ACC Challenge on ESPN2 at 8:30 p.m. Central Time.

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