Gophers' shooting woes continue in 70-59 home loss

The Gophers' offensive woes continued as they made just seven field goals in the second half and fell to Ohio State 70-59 at Williams Arena. The Gophers missed 22 straight three-pointers after making their first two shots from beyond the arc and shot only 29.2 percent from the field in the second half. With the loss, the Gophers fell to 10-16 overall and 2-12 in the Big Ten.

Minnesota started the game strong, scoring the first 10 points of the game and led 22-10 with 9:19 left in the first half. The Gophers went back up by nine at 28-19 on an Adam Boone leaning jumper with 3:53 left in the half. However, the Buckeyes went on a 10-2 run to close the half to cut the margin to 30-29 at halftime.

The Gophers made just two field goals in the first 16 minutes of the second half as Ohio State went on a 15-5 run to lead 48-38 with nine minutes to go. The Buckeyes expanded the lead to 15 at 65-50 with 1:54 remaining.

Tony Stockman led all scorers with 21 points, as he made eight of 13 shots from the field. J.J. Sullinger had 15 points and Brandon Fuss-Cheatham added 12.

Kris Humphries led Minnesota with 17 points and 10 rebounds, his 15th double-double of the season. However, he made just four of 18 from the field. Ben Johnson scored 11 points and Jeff Hagen added 10 off the bench. The Gophers registered a season-high 10 blocks, three by Hagen.

Minnesota plays at Iowa on Sunday.

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