COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Minnesota wilted early in the second half
of its last game. Four days later, the young Golden Gophers showed
they learned from the experience.
Dan Coleman followed his own miss with a tip-in with 22.4
seconds left in overtime to give Minnesota a 60-56 win over Ohio
State on Wednesday night.
"We've got some deficiencies. Character isn't one of them,"
coach Dan Monson said. "Bottom line, we knew this was how we were
going to have to play to win. It came down to character. We didn't
Vincent Grier led the Golden Gophers with 22 points and 12
Minnesota had won 10 in a row until losing 66-60 at Iowa on
"Basketball is such a game of momentum and rhythm," Monson
said. "We did well early (against Ohio State) but we gave them
opportunities on the road that you usually don't get away with."
Dials scored 20 points and had 12 rebounds for Ohio State (12-6,
1-2), which lost its third in a row. Matt Sylvester added a
career-high 17 points -- scoring 11 Buckeyes points in a row at one
point as Ohio State came back from a 10-point second-half deficit.
"I found some open lanes out there," Sylvester said.
"Basketball is a game of runs. We got hot for a while, but then we
made stupid mistakes."
The Buckeyes, who hit 18-of-34 3-pointers in a 113-102
double-overtime loss at LSU on Saturday night, hit just 2 of 21
behind the arc against Minnesota.
"This was one of those games you hope you never have," Ohio
State coach Thad Matta said. "Defensively, I thought we played
better. But offensively, we never had a flow. We had shots but they
just didn't go in."
Ohio State trailed 35-25 with under 14 minutes remaining, but
went on a 17-2 run -- with Sylvester leading the way -- to forge a
Next it was Grier's turn to take over, scoring nine Minnesota
points in a row for a 51-49 lead.
"I've never had a kid come in the first year and be so
tough-minded about not taking a play off," Monson said of Grier.
Sylvester tied it on a bank shot off an inbounds play with 55
Ohio State had a chance to win the game in regulation but
Brandon Fuss-Cheatham's off-balance 10-footer with 2 seconds left
hit the front of the rim.
The teams traded baskets in the overtime before Coleman drove
and his layup rolled off the rim, but he got a hand on the rebound
to knock it in.
Dials' final shot just kicked off the back of the iron where
teammate J.J. Sullinger got a hand on it but the ball rolled off
and was rebounded by Robinson.
"The first option was any open man," Dials said. "I had a
good shot but I just missed it. I thought J.J. had the tip-in, too,
but those are the bad breaks we're suffering through."
Minnesota's starting center, Jeff Hagen, sprained his left knee
late in the first half and did not return to the game.