Amir Coffey was on a completely different level in the five overtime minutes of Minnesota’s second round matchup against Penn State.
With time expiring in regulation, Coffey fired up an open three-point shot with a chance to break the day, but his attempt was off the mark and Minnesota and Penn State went into overtime deadlocked at 61-61. And after missing that shot, Coffey became a new player.
Coffey scored 12 of his 22 points in the final five minutes, lifting the Gophers to a 77-72 victory over the Nittany Lions to advance to the quarterfinals on Friday. Minnesota will now play Purdue for a chance to get into the semifinals.
In addition to Coffey’s 22 points, three other Gophers reached double figures in the win. Jordan Murphy recorded another double-double, scoring 15 points and grabbing 14 rebounds. He also dished five assists.
Dupree McBrayer had 18 points and Daniel Oturu also had 10 points in the Minnesota win.
"I felt good about it, but this obviously solidifies it."
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Penn State’s Lamar Stevens led all scorers with 24 points in the game. Mike Watkins had 14 points off the bench and Jamari Wheeler and Josh Reaves combined for 25 points.
The win is further validation for Minnesota that it will have a spot in the NCAA Tournament when the field is announced on Selection Sunday. The Gophers improved to 20-12 overall on the season with the victory.
Minnesota and Purdue will tipoff on Friday at 7 p.m. ET.