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
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
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
"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."
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.