Gophers BB team continues struggles in 73-62 loss

The Golden Gophers' road woes continued as they fell to 0-5 away from Williams Arena with a loss to Ohio State 73-62 in Columbus. Minnesota slipped to 0-3 in Big Ten play as the Buckeyes won their first conference game.

Ohio State led 34-25 as they made five of nine from three-point range (55.6%) and made seven of nine (77.8%) from the charity stripe. The Gophers only went to the free throw line twice in the first half. The Gophers led 19-17, but made just two of their last eight shots as the Buckeyes outscored Minnesota 17-6 the rest of the first half.


Ben Johnson scored eight straight points, including two three-pointers to cut the lead to 37-35 with 17:53 left to go in the contest. However, the Gophers would score just six points in the next nine minutes, as the Buckeyes built the lead to 55-43. The Gophers would not get within eight points the rest of the game.


The Gophers' defensive problems continued, as Ohio State shot 50% (22 of 44) from the field and 53.8% (seven of 13) from three-point range. The Buckeyes made 22 of 30 (73.3%) from the line. The Gophers attempted just 17 free throws and made only 10 (58.8%). They shot just 39.3% from the field (22 of 56).


Ohio State outrebounded Minnesota 32-21 and had a 19-7 rebound edge in the second half.


The Ohio State Buckeyes are now 1-2 in the conference and are 9-7 overall. Ohio State had excellent balance, with four players reaching double figures and nine players scoring three or more points.


Terence Dials, who gave the Gophers fits with his strong inside play, led the Buckeyes with 14 points and nine rebounds. He made six of nine shots from the field. Tony Stockman and J.J. Sullinger each had 13 points. Sullinger grabbed eight rebounds.  7-0 center Velimir Radinovic added 10 points.


Kris Humphries led the Gophers with 19 points. However, he was just seven of 16 from the field and had just three points in the first half. Ben Johnson added 11 points. Maurice Hargrow continued his inconsistent play as he missed all four shots from the field and finished scoreless. Adam Boone, who is shooting just 36.8% from the field, made just two of seven shots, both three-pointers.


Humphries led the Gophers with eight rebounds, but no other Gopher had more than four rebounds. .


The Gophers fell to 0-3 in Big Ten play and 8-7 overall. They face Purdue on the road Wednesday. The Gophers, who are 2-5 in their last seven games, have yet to win any of their five road contests.


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