From the three-point line to the free throw line to seemingly any spot on the court, Minnesota was red hot shooting in defeating Penn State 80-66 on Sunday at the Bryce Jordan Center.
The Golden Gophers (14-5, 2-4) shot a prolific 55.3 percent from the field, 50 percent from the perimeter and 75 percent from the free throw line and was able to erase an eight-point first-half deficit to topple a Penn State squad that managed just 30 percent shooting from the field and 29.2 percent shooting from the arc.
Joe Coleman's 23-point, five-rebound effort led Minnesota's four-double figure scorers, Julian Welch (15 points), Rodney Williams (14) and Austin Hollins. Meanwhile, Penn State severely lacked scoring depth, with Cammeron Woodyard and Tim Frazier's 42 combined points making up over two-thirds of the Lions' offense. Jermaine Marshall came on late with 12 second-half points, but his scoring mostly came when the game was out of reach.
Penn State forced 17 turnovers and owned the offensive glass 17-5, leading to a lot of extra chances that kept the game interesting, but Minnesota's shooting was simply too much to overcome.
NOTES: Freshman guard Trey Lewis missed the game with a back injury and is still undergoing tests. There is no timetable for his return...the crowd of 9,065 was Penn State's largest of the season.
Stay tuned to SB Nation Pittsburgh for reaction from coaches and players Sunday evening and Monday morning.