Men's basketball falls to Minnesota in Big Ten Tournament

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - D.J. Newbill had 16 points and senior Tim Frazier added 11 for Penn State, who fell to Minnesota 63-56 in the Big Ten tournament opening round.

10th-seeded Penn State (15-17) struggled shooting the ball, making only 32.2 percent from the field.

Austin Hollins scored 18 points, Deandre Mathieu added 13 and Andre Hollins hit a late 3-pointer to help Minnesota edge the Nittany Lions.

The seventh-seeded Golden Gophers (20-12) advanced to Friday night's quarterfinal against No. 12 Wisconsin with their third win in four games.

Penn State got within three just before halftime and within 58-54 with 2:35 to go, but Andre Hollins made a free throw and hit the 3 in the final minute to close it out.

Minnesota didn't look particularly good Thursday.

At one point, early in the second half Minnesota was 11 of 30 from the field, and in the final three minutes they missed the front end of two one-and-ones. Andre Hollins then missed two more free throws but was bailed out by a lane violation on the second one and made his third free throw with 54.7 seconds to go to make it 59-54.

Penn State charged back late in the first half, using 10-2 run to get within 28-25.

Minnesota closed the half with a 14-foot buzzer beater from Maverick Ahanmisi to make it 30-25 at halftime, then scored the first seven points of the second half to make it 37-25.

The Nittany Lions finally roared back late, cutting a 51-38 deficit to 58-54 on two free throws from Brandon Taylor made two free throws with 2:35 to go.

But Andre Hollins made the free throw and the 3 with 11.7 seconds left to seal it. He finished with nine points.

Last Updated March 14, 2014