TUCSON, AZ - MARCH 17: Tim Frazier #23 of the Penn State Nittany Lions reacts after their 64 to 66 loss to the Temple Owls during the second round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at McKale Center on March 17, 2011 in Tucson, Arizona. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Penn State fell to 1-5 in the Big Ten with a loss to Minnesota.
The Penn State Nittany Lions were defeated by the Minnesota Golden Gophers 80-66 at the Bryce Jordan Center.
Penn State trailed early 7-2 before tying the game at 7. The Nittany Lions would get their own 7-point lead at 20-13 with 9:34 to play. Penn State held onto their advantage until Minnesota regained the lead, 29-28, with just under three minutes to play. The Golden Gophers would take a 33-31 lead into the halftime break. Penn State only shot 34.8% during the first half but got 10 points off 9 Minnesota turnovers. The Golden Gophers shot 55.6% in the first half.
Penn State tied the game at 33 on their first possession of the first half. Minnesota responded with an 11-4 run. Penn State cut the lead down to 44-41 with 12:10 to play but Minnesota went on a 16-6 run. Penn State recovered from the first run but the second one put the game away for Minnesota. Penn State closed the deficit to just six points with 3:30 to play before Minnesota used another run to blow it open. Both teams' shooting cooled down in the second half, but Penn State fell off more than the Golden Gophers. Penn State shot well at the free throw line (23-28) and used 17 Minnesota turnovers to keep the game closer than it should have been.
Penn State was led by Cammeron Woodyard 's 22 points, 15 of which came in the first half. Tim Frazier chipped in 20 for the Nittany Lions. Joe Coleman led Minnesota with 23 points after a 12 point first half. Three other Golden Gophers reached double digits in scoring.