Minnesota 62

(17-12, 8-8 Big Ten)

Saint Louis 52

(16-14, 9-7 C-USA)

    8:10 PM ET, March 19, 2003

    Scottrade Center, St. Louis, Missouri

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    MINN 35 2762
    SLU 20 3252

    Minnesota snaps five-game losing streak

    ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Rick Rickert and Maurice Hargrow each scored 15 points to lead Minnesota to a 62-52 victory against Saint Louis in the first round of the Owens Corning NIT tournament Wednesday night.

    Minnesota (17-12) advances to play either UNLV or Hawaii next Monday or Tuesday. The win snapped a five-game losing streak for Minnesota.

    Saint Louis, winner of its last five home games, finished its season at 16-14. The last time Minnesota and Saint Louis met was in a first-round NIT game in 1996, and Minnesota won that game 68-52.

    Jerry Holman scored 13 points for the Golden Gophers.

    Chris Sloan led Saint Louis with 13 points and Anthony Drejaj added 12. Marque Perry scored just six points for Saint Louis. Perry, who averaged 17.5 points this season, had scored in double figures in his last 16 games.

    Down by 16 in the second half, the Billikens used a 16-6 run to get back in the game and were down just 47-42 with 8:27 left. Drejaj make three 3-pointers during the run.

    Saint Louis would only get as close as four points, at 51-47 with 4:10 remaining, when Sloan scored on a dunk after a turnover.

    Minnesota, which led 35-20 at halftime, let Saint Louis back into game by making only four of its first 15 shots of the second half.

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