Minnesota 91, Furman 84, OT
MINNEAPOLIS (AP)—Ben Johnson scored a career-high 32 points and Kris Humphries added 26 as Minnesota held off Furman 91-84 in overtime Sunday.
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.
Maleye Ndoye led Furman with 32 points, hitting 14-of-21 shots, but he missed a wide-open 18-footer at the end of regulation that would have given Furman (2-2) an upset win. Quan Prowell added 15 for the Paladins, while Nick Sanders scored 11.
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.
Johnson, a senior guard, connected on 12-of-19 shots and led Minnesota with nine rebounds. Humphries missed just one of his eight field goal attempts and hit 11 of 16 free throws in just his third collegiate game.
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.
Minnesota led by as much as 10 at 31-21 with 7 1/2 minutes to play in the first half, but Furman went on a 16-6 run and tied the game at 37 with 1:16 to go on a free throw by Prowell. Johnson hit a pair of free throws with one second left to give Minnesota a 41-39 lead at the half.