Gophers' road struggles continue in Virginia loss

The Gophers' road woes continued as Minnesota fell to Virginia, 86-78, in Charlottesville in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. The Gophers, who were just 2-8 on the road last season during the regular season, are 0-2 away from Williams Arena this year. They are now 2-2 and will play in the comfy confines of home Saturday at 1 p.m. versus Western Illinois. The Cavaliers improved to 4-0 with the victory.

Virginia led 35-34 at halftime and built a 57-49 lead, despite being outrebounded 40-19 at the time. However, the Cavaliers saw their nine-point lead evaporate in a span of 3:14 as the Golden Gophers pulled even at 61 with 8:20 to play.

 

Junior center Elton Brown made a driving layup and was fouled. He converted the three-point play and Virginia would score 13 of the next 14 points to pull ahead for good.

 

Minnesota (2-2) lost despite another outstanding performance by freshman Kris Humphries, who had 32 points and 13 rebounds. He made 13 of 20 shots from the field. Michael Bauer had 20 points, as he made seven of 15 from the field and five of eight from three-point range. Maurice Hargrow added 11 points and a career-high 15 rebounds. However, he made just three of 15 shots from the field.

 

The Gophers' three-guard attack continued to struggle with their shooting as Hargrow, Ben Johnson and Adam Boone combined to make just five of 30 (16.7 percent) of their shots. Johnson, who scored a career-high 32 points versus Furman, made only two of eight shots, and he finished with four points. Boone, returning to ACC country, missed all seven shots. The Gophers shot only 37 percent from the field as a team.

 

The Gophers got little from their bench, as the reserves made only two of eight from the field and they finished with nine points.

 

The Gophers outrebounded Virginia 51-40, but the Cavaliers narrowed the rebounding advantage by grabbing 21 of the final 32 caroms. The Gophers committed 18 turnovers to Virginia's nine. Thirteen of the Gophers' miscues came from the post.

 

Brown had 11 points by halftime and seven more in the game-changing run. His last two in the burst, from the foul line, made it 74-62 with 4:04 remaining. Brown finished with a career-high 26 points.

 

Virginia freshman Gary Forbes also played a big role in the run, scoring four of his 22 points, grabbing several key rebounds and blocking a shot by Humphries to get a fast break started for the Cavaliers.

 

Derrick Byars added 16 points and nine rebounds.

 

Virginia scored 14 of the first 20 points in the second half to open a 49-40 lead, then kept it at five or better until a 12-4 run by the Gophers capped by Bauer's three-pointer tied it at 61.

 

The Cavaliers were outrebounded 29-14 in the first half, but committed only three turnovers while the Gophers had 12 as Virginia led 35-34.


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