Minnesota hangs on, captures first B1G win of the season with road upset of Ohio State
Minnesota started the 2022-23 basketball season 0-4 in B1G play. The Golden Gophers were able to fix that Thursday night, upending Ohio State in a nail-biting finish with a 70-67 victory.
The big catalyst in the game was Dawson Garcia, tying his career-high with 28 points on a 9-for-15 shooting night. He also went 8-for-11 from the free-throw line and added 9 rebounds, 2 assists and a steal to power Minnesota to the finish line.
Minnesota also got double-digit points out of Ta’lon Cooper, Taurus Samuels and Pharrel Payne with Payne chipping in 10 points off the bench. The Gophers finished the game with a 50% shooting effort from the field and registered 6 blocks with just 9 turnovers.
On the other side of the matchup, Ohio State struggled to find its rhythm from the field. The Buckeyes shot 37.5% on their home court and registered just 5 assists on 24 made buckets.
Brice Sensabaugh led Ohio State with a team-high 18 points and 10 rebounds, but his double-double was the highlight of the night. Zed Key returned to action with an efficient 10 points and 8 rebounds off the bench but Justice Sueing, Bruce Thornton and Sean McNeil combined to shoot 11-for-32 in the game.
While the Gophers feel good leaving Columbus with their first B1G win of the season, Ohio State is reeling in disastrous fashion. The Buckeyes have lost 3 straight with the home loss to Minnesota arguably the worst defeat of the season.