Gophers' poor shooting cost them in 77-60 loss

Nebraska went on a 24-6 run to break open a 43-43 tie with 13:15 left in the game as they defeated Minnesota 77-60 at Williams Arena. It was the Gophers' first loss at home this season. The Cornhuskers shot 52 percent from the field and made 11 of 20 three-pointers in the game to end Minnesota's seven-game home court win streak.

The Gophers struggled with their shooting for the second straight game, hitting for a season-low 33.3 percent from the floor (21-for-63). They also made just five of 24 three-pointers in the game.

The Gophers opened up an early 15-11 lead on a three-point play by Stan Gaines but Nebraska scored four quick points to tie at 15-15 with 8:28 left in the first half. After Minnesota went up 19-15 on two free throws by Kris Humphries, but the Cornhuskers followed with a 16-6 run to take its largest lead of the half at 31-25 with 2:27 left. Minnesota scored the final seven points of the half on a basket by Gaines, a trey by Ben Johnson and a dunk by Kris Humphries to lead 32-31 at the intermission.

The game went back and forth to start the second half. A Tony Wilbrand layup tied the game at 43-43. It started a 24-6 run that gave the Huskers a 67-49 lead with 5:04 to go. At one point during the run, the Huskers made six consecutive three-pointers, including three by Brian Conklin. Conklin was 5-for-6 from thre-point land in the game and had 17 points. The Gophers continued to struggle from the field and were unable to trim the margin under 14 points the rest of the way.

Humphries posted his Big Ten-leading seventh double-double of the year with 21 points and 10 rebounds but made just 6 of 19 field goals. Maurice Hargrow added 14 points and Ben Johnson 11. Michael Bauer became the 32nd Golden Gopher to record 1,000 career points in the game. He had four points and five rebounds on the night.

Senior guard Nate Johnson led Nebraska with 25 points.

Minnesota heads to Lubbock, Texas to face Texas Tech on New Year's Day. The 1 p.m. game will be televised on ESPN.

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