Gophers miss game-tying 3 at buzzer, fall to short-handed Wolverines


The Gopher men's basketball team had its chances in their Big Ten opener Thursday at Williams Arena, but in the end they crumbled on offense, losing to Michigan 63-60.

Minnesota was in a good position against short-handed Michigan, who were without preseason All-American Mitch Mcgary the entire game (back surgery) and Glenn Robinson III for most of the second-half after he injured his leg.

But the Gophers made just one field goal the final six minutes of the game, with the final miss coming on a three from Deandre Mathieu that would've sent the game to overtime as time expired.

The combination of Dre and Austin Hollins, the Gophers top two scorers, went just 4-19 from the field for 12 points, while starting forward Oto Osieniks wasn't of much help either, going just 1-7 from the floor.

Michigan got 28 off the bench from the duo of Jon Horford and Zak Irvin, making up for Robinson's second-half absence.

Minnesota outrebounded Michigan 38-24, but that was offset by the Gophers shooting under 40 percent from the field and 5-20 from beyond the arc.

After dropping their conference opener, the Gophers have until Sunday to get it right, when they will face the Purdue Boilermakers at The Barn in a 1:30 p.m. tipoff.

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