Minnesota Tops Previously Unbeaten Arizona State, 85-79 in OT
Dec. 6, 2005
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) - Adam Boone scored nine of his 28 points in overtime, and Minnesota defeated previously unbeaten Arizona State's 85-79 Monday night.
Boone matched his career high, including a go-ahead 3-pointer for a 69-68 lead 1:08 into the extra period.
Arizona State's Kevin Kruger sent the Sun Devils into their final lead - 70-69 - with a baseline jumper at the 2:30 mark, but Boone sank two free throws eight seconds later, and Minnesota never trailed again.
Dan Coleman had a career-high 23 points for the Gophers (4-2) and Jamal Abu-Shamala scored 14. J'son Stamper had eight points and 13 rebounds, leading Minnesota to a 45-42 rebounding edge - its fifth consecutive time to outwork an opponent on the glass.
The Gophers needed that kind of edge after missing 18 of 49 free throws.
The Gophers appeared to have the game in hand when Abu-Shamala's layup gave them a 53-40 lead with 8:43 left in the second half.
But Kruger scored 10 points during a 17-2 run, and Tyrone Jackson sent Arizona State to a 57-55 lead with two free throws with 3:47 to go.
The Gophers pulled away again, but Kruger banked in a 30-footer at the buzzer to tie the game at 66.
The Sun Devils held an early six-point lead, but Minnesota caught up at 12 on a jump hook by Spencer Tollackson with 11:50 left in the first half and went ahead, 15-14, on Brandon Smith's three-point play 1:09 later.
That was the first of eight lead changes in the half, which ended with Arizona State leading 32-30 after an 18-footer by Bryson Krueger in the final minute.