The Minnesota Golden Gophers earned their first conference win of the season, upsetting #6 Maryland 68-63. The Gophers lead for virtually the entire game but impressive defense by Maryland coupled with big shot after big shot by Rasheed Sulamon gave the Terps the lead with under 3 minutes to play and things appeared to be headed towards their 14th Big Ten loss.
This game did not follow the usual script for the Gophers. Made free throws in the final minutes. Coming back when Maryland took a late lead. And handling a tough Maryland press with young guards. And for Maryland? They are accustom to winning close games going 19-2 in games decided by 6 or fewer dating back to last season. But tonight the Gophers held on for a huge win.
THE STAT: 9/10 from the free throw line in the in the game's final couple minutes.
WHO'S HOT: Jordan Murphy was the man again tonight. The freshman recorded another double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds.
TURNING POINT: Sulamon's three with 3:05 gave Maryland their first lead and looked like the turning point for Maryland. But it was really the Dupree McBrayer missed lay-up, followed by Jordan Murphy's offensive rebound and made free throw with 55 seconds left that really gave the team a spark when the offense was struggling
NOTABLE: Anybody see Joey King overcome with emotion in his BTN postgame interview? That's college sports man. So much time and effort into this game, so much frustration that was put to an end with one big win when it all came together. I told you they'd win.
UP NEXT: Gophers host Rutgers in a game that has much less appeal than it did before tonight.