Scores

Final

Penn State 70

(8-5, 0-1 Big Ten)

Minnesota 75

(10-3, 1-0 Big Ten)

    9:00 PM ET, December 29, 2009

    1 2 T
    PSU 27 4370
    MINN 34 4175

    Top Performers

    Penn State: T. Battle 23 Pts, 6 Reb, 4 Ast, 2 Stl

    Minnesota: L. Westbrook 29 Pts, 2 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl

    Minnesota 75, Penn St. 70

    Associated Press

    MINNEAPOLIS -- Lawrence Westbrook won a terrific duel with Talor Battle, tying his career high with 29 points to lead Minnesota to a 75-70 victory over Penn State on Tuesday night in a Big Ten opener.

    Battle had 23 points, six rebounds and four assists for the Nittany Lions (8-5, 0-1) but couldn't quite match Westbrook shot for shot down the stretch.

    The senior guard for the Gophers (10-3, 1-0) made 11 of his 16 shots and tied a career high with four 3-pointers. Blake Hoffarber added 11 points.

    Andrew Jones had 12 points and eight rebounds for Penn State, and David Jackson added 11 points.

    But it came down to a thrilling display of shotmaking from Westbrook and Battle.

    Battle's 3-pointer gave the Lions a 53-50 lead with under 10 minutes to go, but Westbrook hit three 3-pointers in a span of 2:30 later the second half.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    PSU
    MINN
    Points 70 75
    FG Made-Attempted 26-54 (.481) 28-57 (.491)
    3P Made-Attempted 9-18 (.500) 8-22 (.364)
    FT Made-Attempted 9-13 (.692) 11-18 (.611)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 16 (0/0) 12 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 5 11

    2009-10 Season

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