Final OT

Minnesota 85

(4-2, 1-1 away)

Arizona State 79

(4-1, 4-1 home)

    10:30 PM ET, December 5, 2005

    Wells Fargo Arena (AZ), Tempe, Arizona

    1 2 OT T
    MINN 30 36 1985
    ASU 32 34 1379

    Top Performers

    Minnesota: D. Coleman 23 Pts, 9 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Blk

    Arizona St: K. Kruger 27 Pts, 5 Reb, 5 Ast, 4 Stl

    Minnesota 85, Arizona State 79 (OT)

    TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) -- Adam Boone didn't worry when Arizona State forced overtime. Coach Dan Monson had predicted a win.

    "Coach Monson told us before the game and at halftime that we would win this game regardless of what happened," Boone said after scoring 28 points in Minnesota's 85-79 overtime victory over the previously unbeaten Sun Devils on Monday night. "I mean, if we didn't hit a free throw, if we didn't make a shot, we would find a way defensively, rebound and we would make the last play."

    Boone scored 11 points in the extra period to match his career scoring high, starting with a go-ahead 3-pointer for a 69-68 lead 1:08 in.

    Arizona State's Kevin Kruger sent the Sun Devils into their final lead -- 70-69 -- with a baseline jumper at the 2:30 mark, but Boone sank two free throws eight seconds later, and Minnesota never trailed again.

    Dan Coleman had a career-high 23 points for the Gophers (4-2) and Jamal Abu-Shamala scored 14. J'son Stamper had eight points and 13 rebounds, leading Minnesota to a 45-42 rebounding edge -- its fifth consecutive time to outwork an opponent on the glass.

    The Gophers needed that kind of edge after missing 22 of 49 free throws.

    "I always say free-throw shooting is contagious," Monson said. "Making them is contagious and missing them is too. Today we had a serious case of free-throw disease, and it spread like wildfire."

    Kruger had a career-high 27 points, Antwi Atuahene scored 11 and Jeff Pendergraph and Allen Morill had 10 each for the Sun Devils (4-1), whose 4-0 start was their best in 11 years.

    The Gophers appeared to have the game in hand when Abu-Shamala's layup gave them a 53-40 lead with 8:43 left in the second half.

    But Kruger scored 10 points during a 17-2 run, and Tyrone Jackson sent Arizona State to a 57-55 lead with two free throws with 3:47 to go.

    "We just had to play defense," Arizona State coach Rob Evans said about catching up. "We were just letting them move the basketball wherever they wanted."

    The Gophers pulled away again, but Kruger banked in a 30-footer at the buzzer to tie the game at 66.

    The Sun Devils held an early six-point lead, but Minnesota caught up at 12 on a jump hook by Spencer Tollackson with 11:50 left in the first half and went ahead, 15-14, on Brandon Smith's three-point play 1:09 later.

    That was the first of eight lead changes in the half, which ended with Arizona State leading 32-30 after an 18-footer by Bryson Krueger in the final minute.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 85 79
    FG Made-Attempted 25-53 (.472) 29-72 (.403)
    3P Made-Attempted 8-15 (.533) 4-17 (.235)
    FT Made-Attempted 27-49 (.551) 17-27 (.630)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 24 (0/0) 32 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 13 6

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