Men's basketball loses at Minnesota, 83-62; No. 1 Illinois up next

January 10, 2005

Minneapolis, Minn. -- The Penn State Nittany Lion basketball team lost its first conference road game of the year, 83-62, at Minnesota as the already young squad was forced to play without starting sophomore guard Marlon Smith (Bronx, N.Y.), who did not make the trip due to illness.

The Nittany Lions opened the game well, playing the home-standing Gophers tough throughout much of the first half. A Travis Parker (Greenville, N.C.) free throw at the 7:31 mark of the first half had Penn State down by only two, 24-22. But Minnesota would go on a 17-6 run over the final minutes of the opening stanza to carry a solid 41-28 lead into the halftime lockerrooms.

Freshman Geary Claxton (West Haven, Conn.) led Penn State in the first half with nine points while sophomore Ben Luber (Richboro, Pa.) added nine points and two assists. The NIttany Lions shot .421 from the field in the first 20 minutes, but were out-rebounded 21-13, including an 11-3 edge on the offensive boards.

The second half began with with Parker making a lay-up to cut the lead to 11, 41-30, with 18:55 to play. Minnesota would then real off nine straight points to put the game away, claiming a 50-30 lead with 16:53 to play in the contest. The teams would battle evenly throughout the remainder of the contest with Minnesota claiming the 83-62 victory.

Parker ended the game with a team-best 13 points and six rebounds while Claxton added 12 and six. Luber pitched in with 11 and six assists while Aaron Johnson (Exton, Pa.) had 12 points, four boards, three assists and two steals. The Nittany Lions shot only .346 and were out-rebounded 42-33. Minnesota hit a sizzling .391 from three-point range, including six of 11 from Alan Robinson, who ended the game with 19 points. .

 

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