Minnesota Edges Penn State, 63-56

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 Penn State 25 31 56
 Minnesota 30 33 63
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 Stats at a Glance
MINN PSU
 • Points 63 56
 • FGM-Att. 21-48 19-59
 • FG Percentage 43.8 32.2
 • 3FGM-Att. 7-17 5-21
 • 3FG Percentage 41.2 23.8
 • FTM-Att. 14-23 13-14
 • FT Percentage 60.9 92.9
 • Rebounds 33 41
 • Turnovers 9 10
 • Assists 13 10
 • Steals 6 4
 • Blocks 7 6
 Individual Leaders
 • Points  Au. Hollins (18)
 • Rebounds  Two tied (6)
 • Assists  Mathieu (5)
 • Steals  Mathieu (3)
 • Blocks  Mathieu (2)
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March 13, 2014

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Austin Hollins scored 18 points, DeAndre Mathieu added 13 and Andre Hollins  hit a late 3-pointer Thursday to give Minnesota a badly needed 63-56 win over Penn State in the Big Ten tournament.

The seventh-seeded Golden Gophers (20-12) advanced to Friday night's quarterfinal against No. 12 Wisconsin with their third win in four games.

10th-seeded Penn State (15-17) had a miserable night shooting, making only 32.2 percent from the field. D.J. Newbill had 16 points and senior Tim Frazier added 11. Penn State heads home from Indianapolis after losing for the third time in four games.

Minnesota took control quickly with a 9-0 lead and never trailed.

Penn State got within three just before halftime and within 58-54 with 2:35 to go, but Andre Hollins made a free throw and hit the 3 in the final minute to close it out.

Most outsiders thought Minnesota needed at least one win at Bankers Life Fieldhouse to give them a shot at one of the 36 precious at-large bids and beating the Badgers for the second time this season would certainly help.

At one point, early in the second half Minnesota was 11 of 30 from the field, and in the final three minutes they missed the front end of two one-and-ones. Andre Hollins then missed two more free throws but was bailed out by a lane violation on the second one and made his third free throw with 54.7 seconds to go to make it 59-54.

Penn State charged back late in the first half, using 10-2 run to get within 28-25.

Minnesota closed the half with a 14-foot buzzer beater from Maverick Ahanmisi to make it 30-25 at halftime, then scored the first seven points of the second half to make it 37-25.

The Nittany Lions finally roared back late, cutting a 51-38 deficit to 58-54 on two free throws from Brandon Taylor made two free throws with 2:35 to go.

But Andre Hollins made the free throw and the 3 with 11.7 seconds left to seal it. He finished with nine points.