Final OT

Minnesota 60

(13-4, 3-1 Big Ten)

Ohio State 56

(12-6, 1-3 Big Ten)

    8:00 PM ET, January 19, 2005

    Value City Arena, Columbus, Ohio

    1 2 OT T
    MINN 24 27 960
    OSU 18 33 556

    Top Performers

    Minnesota: V. Grier 22 Pts, 12 Reb, 1 Ast, 5 Stl

    Ohio State: T. Dials 20 Pts, 12 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Minnesota 60, Ohio State 56 (OT)

    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 cave in."

    After Ohio State's Terence Dials missed a 10-foot fadeaway with 7 seconds remaining, Aaron Robinson rebounded for Minnesota (13-4, 3-1 Big Ten) and was fouled. He hit both shots to seal the outcome.

    Vincent Grier led the Golden Gophers with 22 points and 12 rebounds.

    Minnesota had won 10 in a row until losing 66-60 at Iowa on Saturday.

    "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 42-37 lead.

    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 seconds left.

    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.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 60 56
    FG Made-Attempted 23-60 (.383) 23-60 (.383)
    3P Made-Attempted 4-16 (.250) 2-21 (.095)
    FT Made-Attempted 10-12 (.833) 8-13 (.615)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 14 (0/0) 16 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 11 6

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