Minnesota 71

(15-6, 5-3 Big Ten)

Michigan 54

(12-10, 3-5 Big Ten)

    8:00 PM ET, February 2, 2005

    Crisler Center, Ann Arbor, Michigan

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    MINN 38 3371
    MICH 27 2754

    Top Performers

    Minnesota: J. Hagen 15 Pts, 9 Reb, 5 Ast, 3 Stl, 4 Blk

    Michigan: C. Hunter 17 Pts, 5 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl

    Minnesota 71, Michigan 54

    ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) -- Jeff Hagen hasn't allowed a concussion, knee injury or injured feet to slow him down this season.

    Hagen led Minnesota with 15 points, nine rebounds and five assists in a 71-54 win over Michigan on Wednesday night.

    "He's got some serious physical limitations, but one of them is not mental," Minnesota coach Dan Monson said. "He's got a point guard's mind in a 7-foot body."

    Vincent Grier had 14 points, Aaron Robinson scored 13 and Dan Coleman added 11 for the Golden Gophers (15-6, 5-3 Big Ten).

    Though Minnesota has exceeded low expectations, Hagen is not satisfied.

    "It feels good to be 5-3, but it's not like we're in the tournament," Hagen said. "We can't be happy. Our goal is the tournament and we've got a lot of business to take care of."

    The Wolverines (12-10, 3-5) started the season aiming for their first trip to the NCAA tournament since 1998, but likely will have to settle for defending their NIT title.

    If Michigan's five-game losing streak -- the longest since starting 0-6 two seasons ago -- leads to a total collapse, it might not even make it to the postseason.

    "We're concerned with the mental state of our team," Michigan coach Tommy Amaker said.

    Other than Chris Hunter, who had 17 points and five rebounds, the Wolverines did not do much well against the Gophers.

    Minnesota took command late in the first half and pulled away early in the second for its first win at Michigan since 2001.

    The Gophers led 38-27 at halftime after an 11-4 run, then built a 16-point lead less than 3 minutes into the second half before coasting the rest of the way. They made 62.8 percent of their shots and held the Wolverines to 40.4 percent shooting.

    "Offensively, it was one of our best games," Monson said. "Defensively, we executed what we were trying to do."

    Michigan's Daniel Horton missed his third straight game since being suspended indefinitely last week after being charged with domestic violence.

    Both teams were coming off lopsided losses, the Gophers by 23 at Illinois and the Wolverines by 29 at Purdue.

    Amaker decided to shake up his starting lineup, using his 12th this season, replacing Dion Harris and Courtney Sims with Sherrod Harrell and Brent Petway.

    If Amaker was trying to motivate Harris and Sims, it didn't work. Both were held scoreless and combined to shoot 0-for-9. Harris was averaging a team-high 13.4 points and Sims was scoring 10.3 points a game.

    "Sometimes when you're in a slide as we are, you try to make changes," Amaker said. "We're trying different things to try to ignite our team, and certainly that wasn't the answer tonight, but we're going to keep searching."

    Amaker wishes he could find a player like Hagen, who made all five of his shots and also had three steals.

    "He's a favorite player of mine because he knows who he is, and he plays to his limitations," Amaker said. "He was tremendous."

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 71 54
    FG Made-Attempted 27-43 (.628) 19-47 (.404)
    3P Made-Attempted 5-12 (.417) 5-18 (.278)
    FT Made-Attempted 12-18 (.667) 11-13 (.846)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 17 (0/0) 18 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 22 1

    2004-05 Season

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