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Gopher broke

Minnesota beats Furman 91-84 in OT

Posted: Sunday November 30, 2003 9:57PM; Updated: Sunday November 30, 2003 9:57PM
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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Like many people, Dan Monson and his Golden Gophers were relieved to see their holiday guests heading out of town Sunday.

Ben Johnson scored a career-high 32 points and freshman Kris Humphries added 26 as Minnesota held off Furman 91-84 in overtime.

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"Coach Monson said he wasn't going to invite me back," said Furman coach Larry Davis, a former Minnesota assistant who's now 0-2 against his old team. "One of these years if we keep coming, we might figure out how to beat them."

Adam Boone added 17 points for the Gophers, including six in overtime as Minnesota pulled away. His 3-pointer with 1:05 left in overtime gave the Gophers (2-1) an 88-82 lead and Furman never got closer.

"I felt fortunate to get to overtime," Boone said. "I told the guys that now that we're here, we should win it."

Maleye Ndoye led Furman with 32 points, hitting 14-of-21 shots, but he'll be haunted by two misses at the end of regulation that would have given Furman (2-2) an upset win.

With the score tied at 78, the Paladins set up for the last shot and found Ndoye open near the top of the key. His jumper was off the mark, but Johnson couldn't control the rebound before it went out of bounds with 2.2 seconds left.

On the in-bounds play, Nick Sanders skipped a touch pass to a wide-open Ndoye, whose 18-footer rattled out at the buzzer.

"I told Maleye after the game that Michael Jordan missed lots of game-winners and he made lots of game-winners in his career," Davis said. "He got two great looks, and you can't ask for much more than that."

Quan Prowell added 15 for the Paladins, while Sanders scored 11.

Johnson, a senior guard, connected on 12-of-19 shots and led Minnesota with nine rebounds. His previous career-high was 26 when he was a freshman playing for Northwestern.

"It was one of those games where you hit your first couple of shots and you get in a rhythm," Johnson said. "My teammates were finding me where I could score."

Trailing by two at the half, the Paladins grabbed a 48-43 lead early in the second half, but six straight points by Johnson put Minnesota back on top and the lead changed hands throughout the rest of regulation.

Both teams came out firing and shot 51 percent from the field in a fast-paced first half. Ndoye led all scorers with 17 first-half points, hitting 8-of-10 field goal attempts.

Humphries was 6-for-6 from the field in the first half, but picked up his second foul with just under eight minutes to play. Minnesota held its biggest lead at the time, 31-21, but with Humphries on the bench the rest of the half, the Paladins went on a 16-6 run and tied the game at 37 with 1:16 to go on a free throw by Prowell.

"It did change the flow of the game," Minnesota coach Dan Monson said. "I didn't pull Adam (Boone) when he got his second foul, and he got his third right before the half. I didn't want to sit (Humphries) down, but he's a freshman trying to deal with a lot of things, and playing with fouls is tough. Maybe next time I'll do it differently."

Johnson hit a pair of free throws with one second left to give Minnesota a 41-39 lead at the half.

Copyright 2003 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

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