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."
Though Minnesota has exceeded low expectations, Hagen is not
"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
Both teams were coming off lopsided losses, the Gophers by 23 at
Illinois and the Wolverines by 29 at Purdue.
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."