Tonight's 87-57 loss was the 117th all-time meeting between Minnesota and Michigan State, with the Spartans holding a 60-57 lead in the series (not counting vacated games). The Gophers hold a 33-23 lead in games played in Minneapolis. With the loss, Minnesota fell to 14-14 overall and 3-12 in the Big Ten, while No. 2/1 Michigan State improved to 25-3, 13-2 B1G. Head coach Richard Pitino is 2-5 against the Spartans, and 32-57 against Big Ten foes, while Minnesota now stands at 1,464-1,096 all-time. Coach Pitino's fifth-year record at Minnesota is 89-75, and his six-year career mark is 107-89.
Coach Pitino utilized a starting lineup of seniors Nate Mason and Bakare Konate, junior Jordan Murphy, sophomore Michael Hurt and freshman Isaiah Washington. Mason made his 96th career start, while Murphy was in the starting lineup for the 82nd consecutive time. Konate started his 34th career game, Hurt made his 10th start and Washington was in the starting lineup for the fourth time this season. Dupree McBrayer missed his second straight game with a leg injury, while Amir Coffey missed his fifth consecutive game (10th this season) with an injured shoulder.
WASHINGTON LEADS GOPHERS WITH 18
Isaiah Washington finished with a team-best 18 points on 6-of-12 shooting, including 3-of-4 from long-distance, to record his fifth consecutive game in double-figures. Washington is averaging 16.6 points and 5.4 assists over those five games.
MASON KEEPS CLIMBING SCORING CHART
Nate Mason finished with 14 points and now has 1,657 points for his career, which ranks seventh on Minnesota’s all-time scoring list. Mason needs 48 points to pass Kevin McHale (1977-80, 1,704 points) for sixth on Minnesota’s all-time scoring list. Mason, a reigning First Team All-B1G guard, is averaging 16.4 points and 4.2 assists per game this season.
MURPHY IN DOUBLE-FIGURES FOR 27th TIME
Jordan Murphy had 16 points and a team-high seven rebounds for the Gophers, scoring in double-digits for the 27th time in 28 games this season. Murphy, who leads the NCAA with 21 double-doubles this season, made 6-of-13 field goals and tied career-highs with two three-pointers and four steals. Murphy needs one more double-double to break Mychal Thompson’s single-season school record of 21, set during the 1975-76 season. Murphy is averaging 17.4 points and 11.4 rebounds per game.
MURPHY CLIMBS ALL-TIME REBOUNDING CHART
Murphy now has 869 career rebounds, which ranks fifth all-time at Minnesota, and needs 36 more boards to pass Richard Coffey (1987-90, 904 reb.) for fourth. This season, Murphy has 320 rebounds, which is 20 more than he had last season and ranks fifth for a single season. Larry Mikan holds the record at Minnesota, with 349 boards during the 1969-70 season.
Minnesota Defeated by Michigan State, 87-57
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