Minnesota 77

(11-9, 2-7 Big Ten)

Penn State 66

(11-10, 3-7 Big Ten)

    8:00 PM ET, February 8, 2006

    Bryce Jordan Center, State College, Pennsylvania

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    MINN 25 5277
    PSU 27 3966

    Top Performers

    Minnesota: A. Boone 20 Pts, 1 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl, 2 Blk

    Penn State: T. Parker 19 Pts, 9 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl

    Minnesota 77, Penn State 66

    STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) -- Minnesota's Adam Boone didn't get down on himself after the Gophers went scoreless the first six minutes of the game.

    "More than anything, I just wanted to get on the board," Boone said.

    His teammates got Minnesota back in the game after falling behind 10-0, then Boone hit six 3-pointers in the second half to lift the Gophers to a 77-66 win over Penn State on Wednesday night and give Minnesota (11-9, 2-7 Big Ten) its second conference win of the season.

    It was a boon of a second half for Boone, who went 6-for-7 from 3-point range after halftime after missing both of his tries from long distance and going scoreless in the first half.

    The 6-foot-2 guard was shooting 30 percent from 3-point range for the season coming into the contest, and was 4-for-17 from beyond the arc over the previous four games.

    "I've been confident in my shot all along, but I just got the looks tonight," Boone said. "Today guys were looking for me, I had a few good screens and they were going down."

    Penn State (11-10, 3-7) failed to build on its stunning 66-65 win last week over then-No. 6 Illinois at Assembly Hall, a boost for a rebuilding program that had been at the bottom of the Big Ten in recent seasons.

    Earlier this week, Nittany Lion coach Ed DeChellis said he didn't want his squad hung up on the win over the Illini.

    "I saw it coming, that's the frustrating part," he said after Wednesday night's loss. "I didn't see a look that they were a hungry team."

    Minnesota coach Dan Monson said his team didn't panic in the timeout huddle after falling behind 10-0.

    "I felt this team was very together today and had a great attitude and approach," Monson said. "I told them the good news is we're only down 10."

    Minnesota rallied and the game was tight until midway through the second half when the Gophers found their shot over Penn State's 2-3 zone and capitalized on the Nittany Lions' errors.

    After Boone hit a 3-pointer, Mike Walker threw a bad entry pass that was picked off, and Vincent Grier hit two free throws after being fouled on the ensuing fast break attempt.

    Rico Tucker then hit a 17-footer to give the Gophers a 58-51 lead that quieted the crowd and forced the frustrated DeChellis to call timeout.

    The Nittany Lions (11-10, 3-7) got within 64-60 after Ben Luber stole an inbounds pass and found Geary Claxton for an easy layup. But Penn State couldn't force errors off late defensive pressure and Minnesota hit its free throws down the stretch.

    DeChellis said his team lost focus the last couple days.

    "We tried for two days to rattle their cages and get them to understand how hard we had to play," he said.

    Grier hit all 10 of his free throws, including some key foul shots down the stretch, and finished with 16 points and eight rebounds for Minnesota. Reserve Dan Coleman also had 16 points and eight boards for the Gophers.

    Travis Parker led Penn State with 19 points and nine rebounds before fouling out late. Claxton added 14 points and Mike Walker had eight points and a career-high six assists.

    Minnesota had trouble with Penn State's zone early as the Nittany Lions ran out to a 10-0 lead.

    But thanks to their rally, the Gophers have now won two of their last three Big Ten games. They have a confidence boost heading into the last seven games of their regular-season conference schedule, including a tough game on Saturday against No. 12 Michigan State at home.

    "It's a new start," Boone said about Minnesota's recent 2-1 stretch after starting 0-6 in the conference. "We got down in the first half bad, but we said that if we can control these next eight, it's a fresh start, and today we were able to."

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 77 66
    FG Made-Attempted 23-48 (.479) 24-56 (.429)
    3P Made-Attempted 9-19 (.474) 6-15 (.400)
    FT Made-Attempted 22-25 (.880) 12-15 (.800)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 17 (0/0) 18 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 12 10

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