Minnesota 57, Princeton 53
MINNEAPOLIS (AP)—Freshman Kris Humphries had 21 points and eight rebounds to lead Minnesota past Princeton 57-53 on Saturday night.
Adam Boone added 10 points— all in the second half—for the Gophers (8-5), who had lost three of their last four games, including the Big Ten opener at Penn State on Wednesday.
Andre Logan tied a season high with 16 points for the Tigers (6-6), who fall to 0-6 on the road. Judson Wallace added 13 points, but the Tigers other scorer, Ed Persia, was held to just five.
Boone scored nine of Minnesota’s first 14 points in the second half as the Gophers extended their lead to 39-28 with 12:55 left.
But Princeton battled back. When freshman Harrison Schaen made a three-point play with 5:30 left to play, the Tigers were within 48-45.
Judson Wallace made a free throw to bring Princeton to within two points. Will Venable’s steal and breakaway layup tied the game at 48 with 2:41 left— the first tie since 14:27 into the game.
Humphries, who has eight straight games with at least twenty points, made two free throws with 2:22 left before Stan Gaines took a charge on Princeton’s next possession, which resulted in a technical foul call on head coach John Thompson.
Boone made one of two free throws to make it 51-48, and Venable missed a 3-pointer. Ben Johnson then scored four straight points for Minnesota.
In the first half, Minnesota used a 10-0 run, which started with 13:56 to play, to take a 17-7 lead with 7:57 remaining. The Tigers had four turnovers, missed six straight shots and were held scoreless for nearly seven minutes.
Jeff Hagen came off the bench to spark Minnesota, scoring four points and blocking two shots during the stretch, and Humphries had 12 points and five rebounds by halftime.
Princeton trailed by just six points at the break, 25-19, despite turning the ball over nine times and shooting just 42 percent. The 19 points tied Princeton’s lowest-scoring first half of the season.