Dan Monson's Gophers have hardly been road warriors this year, and even a trip to Happy Valley proved decidedly unhappy as they blew a seven-point halftime lead and lost to Penn State 75-72.
Kris Humphries continued to pull his share of the load, scoring 20 points and grabbing 11 rebounds, and Michael Bauer added 19 points and six boards. But the Gophers (9-5, 0-1) could not contain Penn State's Jan Jagla, who scored a game-high 28 points and added 10 rebounds for the Nittany Lions.
Minnesota had one last shot to send the game to overtime, but Aaron Boone's 3-point attempt rimmed out and the Gophers had dropped their Big Ten opener.
The Gophers got 14 points from Ben Johnson and 12 points and seven rebounds from Mo Hargrow, but they hit only 3 of 18 attempts from 3-point range. They also turned the ball over 13 times and shot only 42.3 percent from the floor.
Minnesota hosts Princeton in its final nonconference game Saturday night at The Barn, then returns to Big Ten play with a 6 p.m. home tilt against Iowa next Tuesday.
Nagel earns weekly award
Matt Nagel, a sophomore from Frazee, Minn., was named Big Ten wrestler of the week after leading the Gophers to a pair of victories over ranked opponents.
Nagel, son of Frazee HS coach Clay Nagel, won a pair of matches at 157 pounds that triggered late rallies as the Gophers knocked off No. 11 Arizona St. 20-15 and upset No. 4 Nebraska 17-16 on Jan. 1 in Rochester, Minn.
Nagel and the No. 8 Gophers (3-1) return to action at the National Duals in Cleveland, Ohio, Jan. 17-18.
Where in the world are the Golden Gophers?
Your favorite Gopher teams have a busy weekend in store for them. Check out when and where they'll be playing.
Women's hoops: Thursday at Northwestern (7 p.m.), Sunday vs. Iowa (2 p.m.)
Men's hockey: Friday and Saturday at Colorado College (8:35 p.m. Friday, 8:05 p.m. Saturday)
Women's hockey: Friday and Saturday at UMD (7:05 p.m. both nights)
Men's track: Saturday, Northwest Open at U Fieldhouse (9:30 a.m.)
Penn State shocks Gophers
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