Ohio State 50

(18-9, 7-6 Big Ten)

Minnesota 52

(17-9, 7-6 Big Ten)

    5:00 PM ET, February 19, 2005

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    OSU 19 3150
    MINN 24 2852

    Top Performers

    Ohio State: T. Dials 19 Pts, 9 Reb, 3 Stl, 1 Blk

    Minnesota: J. Hagen 12 Pts, 6 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl, 7 Blk

    Minnesota 52, Ohio State 50

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- There was nothing pretty about Minnesota's victory over Ohio State on Saturday, and that's just the way the Gophers like it.

    "It was a poster for our slogan this season -- get a game ugly," coach Dan Monson said. "Some may think it was an ugly win, but for us it was pretty."

    Vincent Grier had 14 points and 10 rebounds and J'son Stamper came up with two big plays down the stretch to lift Minnesota to a 52-50 victory.

    Stamper tipped in a loose ball with 34.9 seconds left for a 51-50 lead, then chased down two rebounds on Ohio State's final two possessions to preserve the victory and snap Minnesota's three-game losing streak.

    Terence Dials had 17 points and eight rebounds to lead Ohio State, but he missed a nice look from about six feet that would have given the Buckeyes the lead on the ensuing possession.

    Stamper corralled the rebound after a frantic scramble under the Buckeyes' basket and Aaron Robinson made one free throw to cap the scoring for the Gophers (17-9, 7-6 Big Ten).

    The Buckeyes (18-9, 7-6) had one more chance to tie or win the game with 9 seconds to play. But J.J. Sullinger's off-balance jumper in the lane was off the mark, and Stamper snatched the board again as time ran out.

    "At the end of the game, we know who is going to get the rebound," Minnesota forward Brent Lawson said. "It's J'son Stamper. That's not a surprise to us."

    Stamper finished with four points and six rebounds, and Jeff Hagen added 12 points and six rebounds for the Gophers, who out-rebounded Ohio State 38-25.

    "We went back down to our roots," Grier said. "We want to make it an ugly game and win ugly. That's what we did."

    Sullinger finished with eight points and nine rebounds for Ohio State, which lost for just the second time in the last eight games.

    The Gophers led by as many as 12 in the second half and had a 47-40 lead on a layup by Stamper with 6:34 to play.

    But Minnesota went the next 5:59 without a field goal to let the Buckeyes back in the game.

    Dials converted a three-point play to pull the Buckeyes within four, then Ivan Harris hit a 3-pointer to cut the Gophers' lead to 47-46 with 4:22 to go.

    Dials made two free throws on the next possession for the Buckeyes' first lead since 7-6 early in the first half and Sullinger hit a jumper with 1 minute to play for a 50-49 lead.

    "I'm proud of the way our guys fought back and put ourselves in a position to win the game," Ohio State coach Thad Matta said.

    But the Buckeyes just couldn't climb out of a big hole made by poor shooting through the first 25 minutes.

    Ohio State shot just 25 percent in the first half and yielded a 7-0 run to the Gophers to start the second to fall behind 31-19.

    The win put the Gophers back on track for a run at their first NCAA tournament berth in Monson's six seasons at the school.

    "It helped us get out of that funk," Stamper said. "Losing three games in a row was tough, so we had to do something quick."

    They finish the season with a home game against Iowa and road dates with Purdue and Penn State. Winning all three would put them on solid ground with 20 wins.

    The Buckeyes were playing without junior forward Matt Sylvester, who served a one-game suspension for unsportsmanlike behavior toward a fan at Michigan State last week.

    When asked how much the team missed Sylvester, who had a career-high 17 points in an overtime loss to Minnesota on Jan. 19, Matta said, "quite a bit. This was his type of game, a tight game and he played well against Minnesota last time."

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 50 52
    FG Made-Attempted 19-54 (.352) 20-47 (.426)
    3P Made-Attempted 5-16 (.313) 3-11 (.273)
    FT Made-Attempted 7-8 (.875) 9-12 (.750)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 16 (0/0) 11 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 1 12

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