Ducks Drop Decision To Minnesota, 75-72

Dec 10, 2001

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Freshman Rick Rickert had 28 points and nine reboundsMonday night to lead Minnesota to a 75-72 victory over Oregon.

Rickert, a McDonald's All-American recruit from Duluth, was 11-for-17 fromthe field. He had 18 points in the second half, including a key dunk thatcapped a Gophers rally.

Kerwin Fleming added 14 points for the Gophers (5-3), who snapped a two-gamenon-conference losing streak.

James Davis, Luke Ridnour, Frederick Jones and Chris Christoffersen eachscored 11 points for Oregon (4-3), which lost its third straight.

Oregon ran off eight straight points early in the second half to take a42-35 lead, but the Gophers quickly rallied, tying the game at 46-46 on a3-pointer by Rickert with 15:23 left.

Ridnour scored five straight points to ignite a 12-3 run that put the Ducksahead 58-49 with 10:56 left. Rickert again led the Gophers back, scoring fivepoints in an 11-2 run, including a dunk off a baseline drive that gave theGophers a 60-59 lead with 7:20 to play.

Davis hit a 3-pointer to put the Ducks back in front, but Tavarus Bennett'sthree-point play with 3:13 left put the Gophers ahead to stay at 63-62. Rickerthit two free throws and Fleming went 3-for-4 from the line down the stretch.

Minnesota scored the first 12 points of the game, with two baskets byRickert sparking the run. Oregon's bench led the Ducks back into the game, anda driving leaner by Davis gave the Ducks a 34-33 halftime lead.

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