With 26-seconds remaining in the game, Jerry Holman dunked to give Minnesota (12-6, 4-3) a five-point lead and clinched a 87-80 win over Michigan (13-8, 6-2). The Wolverines came within three after Daniel Horton made a layup to bring the score to 83-80 with 20 seconds left. But, with four straight free throws from Ke vin Burleson a>, Minnesota celebrated its 75th year in Williams Arena with an 87-80 win over Michigan.
Michigan's Sherrod Harrell brought the Wolverine's within two points with just over a minute remaining. Minnesota took control in the final minute going on a 7-2 run to hand Michigan just their second Big Ten loss this season.
Holman was key for Minnesota with 18 points, four rebounds and two dunks to get the crowd of 13,965 on their feet throughout the game. Rick Rickert added 17 points and five rebounds, while Jeff Hagen tied his career-best 12 points.
Minnesota held the lead for nearly the entire first half, only losing the lead once at the 16:31 mark. Holman started the half off with seven of the Gophers first 10 points. Holman got the crowd on its feet early with his 17th dunk of the season at the 18:32 point.
The first half was highlighted by solid three-point shooting as the Gophers were 8-of-14 from three-point range while Michigan was 6-of-12. At the 7:22 mark, Hargrow grabbed a rebound off a missed layup by Chris Hunter and dished to S teve Esselink who dropped a three to give Minnesota a 38-30 lead, its largest lead of the half. At the half, the Maroon and Gold held a 44-41 lead over the Wolverines.
Michigan was led by Daniel Horton's 20 points and four rebounds. Lester Abram added 18 points and six rebounds for the Maize and Blue.
Next up, the Maroon and Gold travel to Ohio State on Wednesday, Feb. 5 at 7:00 p.m. to face the Buckeyes.
o Minnesota leads the all-time series 73-59 (including games later vacated by Minnesota due to NCAA infractions). Minnesota leads the series 41-23 in Williams Arena...Minnesota has won the last eight contests in the series at Williams Arena...Minnesota is 4-1 against the Wolverines under Dan Monson...Rick Rickert reached double figure scoring for the 10th straight game and the 14th time this season...M aurice Hargrow scored in double figures for the fifth straight game and the 16th time this season...Hargrow had a career-high eight assists. His previous career-high was five against Penn State on Wednesday...Jeff Hagen scored in double figures for the second time this season and the third time in his career...Hagen tied a career-high with 12 points...J erry Holman scored in double figures for the third straight game and the ninth time this season. He has 20 career double figure games. Holman's 18 points are the second-highest total of the season for him...Minnesota is 16-4 when Holman scores in double figures for his career...Ke vin Burleson scored in double figures for the fourth straight game and the seventh time this season. He has 28 career double figure scoring games...Burleson had a season-high seven rebounds...Minnesota shot a season-best 88 percent from the free throw line today (22-25)...Minnesota shot 50 percent from the field (28-56), marking the third straight game the Gophers have shot 50 percent or better from the field. Minnesota is 5-0 when shooting 50 percent or better...Minnesota's 87 points are its most in Big Ten play since notching 88 against Indiana on 2/2/02 and most this season since scoring 89 against Texas Tech on Dec. 28.
Dan Monson - Minnesota Head Coach
"This was a real good win - a team win. We still have the same things to work on. We didn't rebound enough and had too many turnovers. With that being said, our guys deserve credit. Michigan deserves credit too. But our guys did not back down; we made the plays needed to win."
"Jeff Hagen's play was huge for the guys in foul trouble. His minutes were as valuable as any."
"We couldn't put [Michigan] away. They stayed in the game rebounding the ball - 19 offensive rebounds. It's something we have to work on. But we have become a little better rebounding team. This is the first time we've had difficulty in rebounding in about five or six games."
On Moe Hargrow's play
"I thought Moe was very good today. He is underrated for this team. He's someone who can bounce the ball, finish and rebound. Moe's getting better every day and every game."
Tommy Amaker - Michigan Head Coach
"I thought it was a very entertaining, high scoring game. It was disappointing for us getting our second lose on the road. We played a team that was very emotionally charged. They played a great game and I give their players and coaching staff credit. This is a difficult place to play. But I love our team. I think we were absolutely phenomenal for battling back within a point, and we tried to make the most of it. But [Minnesota is] a heck of a team, and that is why they were picked to be second in the Big Ten, and it will be hard for anyone to come in this arena and beat them."
"I think this is one of the toughest arenas to come into and win, and also is one of the most underrated places to play."
Forward Jeff Hagen
"This is the best game that I've had since I've been at Minnesota. The guards kept getting me the ball and the defenders were going for my pump fakes. This was the first time since I've been in college that I've had a stretch offensively where I've felt that good."
"When we last played Michigan, the post players did not play well as group. Today, we took it upon ourselves to play better, and that helped us to win."
Guard Moe Hargrow
"It's always good to get payback, but I think this victory is more about getting a key Big Ten win. We made a lot of great hustle plays tonight. We were able to jump out to an early lead and hold on for the whole game."
"This is a huge win for us. It is always big to win three in a row in a conference as tough as the Big Ten. Michigan has a great team, but we jumped out to an early lead and got them in foul trouble and that helped us establish momentum early that we were able to carry on throughout the game."
Guard Ke vin Burleson
"It feels good to get a big win like this is Big Ten play. This is an important stretch in conference where everybody is trying to establish position and it helps us to win three in a row."
"Michigan is a good team that you can't underestimate. They have a great young group of guards that go along with LaVell Blanchard. They made a lot of runs on us today, but we stuck with it and made the big plays when we needed them."