Jan 9, 2014 at 4:17 am
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — DeAndre Mathieu scored 16 points and Andre Hollins added 14 as Minnesota overcame a late six-point deficit to defeat Penn State 68-65 Wednesday.
Four late free throw conversions by Malik Smith in the final 30 seconds and one by Elliott Eliason with 33 seconds, enabled the Gophers (13-3, 2-1 Big Ten) to hang on after taking its first lead of the second half with 1:43 remaining.
Tim Frazier scored 20 points for Penn State (9-7, 0-3) but fouled out with 58 seconds left with the game tied at 60.
Mathieu forced back-to-back Penn State turnovers, including a strip of John Johnson and his ensuing basket gave the Gophers a 63-60 lead and forced Penn State to foul.
The Nittany Lions' Allen Roberts missed a game-tying 3-point shot with 1 second to go.
Minnesota has won 30 out of 40 games in its series with Penn State.
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