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Minnesota 74, Duquesne 69 (OT)

12/22/2003

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The shots weren't falling, so Minnesota
taught itself a valuable defensive lesson.

Adam Boone had 21 points, including seven of Minnesota's final
nine, to lead the Gophers to a 74-69 comeback victory over Duquesne
in overtime on Monday night.

Kris Humphries added 20 points and Moe Hargrow 15 for Minnesota
(6-2), which trailed by as many as 18 in the second half against
the Dukes (2-6).

"We realized that no matter what happens on the offensive
end," Humphries said, "we can control the defense."

Boone's 3-pointer with 2:08 left in the extra period gave the
Gophers their first lead, 68-67, and Humphries answered a basket by
Duquesne's Elijah Palmer to put Minnesota ahead for good at 70-69.
Boone went 4-for-4 from the free-throw line to finish the game.

"One of our team's biggest difficulties is when we're missing
shots, we start getting down," Boone said. "But I think this game
is a perfect springboard for our future. If we can start getting
pressure and making stops, our offense will come."

Palmer led the Dukes with 21 points, and Bryant McAllister and
Jon Pawlak each had 11.

"We couldn't give a better effort," Duquesne coach Danny Nee
said.

Humphries, who had only two points in the first half, nearly
cost his team with a crucial foul late in regulation. McAllister
stole the ball from Boone for a fastbreak layup that put Duquesne
up 63-61 with 46.3 seconds left, and Humphries was simultaneously
whistled for a foul on Palmer.

Palmer missed both free throws, however, and Humphries drew a
foul on Jimmy Tricco on the rebound -- making both foul shots on the
other end to tie it at 63 with 45.4 seconds left.

Hargrow missed a 15-footer as time expired in regulation. The
Dukes went 2-for-7 from the foul line over the last six-plus
minutes.

"I'm proud of our team for hanging in there," Gophers coach
Dan Monson said. "Everybody has these games."

Minnesota's last game was 10 days ago, a frenetic 100-80 victory
over Oral Roberts. The Gophers emerged from their final-exam break
with a lethargic first half against a team that was winless in
eight previous games on a Big Ten school's home court -- dating to a
35-26 defeat at Iowa in 1929.

"The good news is we don't have 10 days off again all year,"
Monson said, reminded of Minnesota's narrow overtime win over
Furman on Nov. 30 following a 10-day break.

Though the Dukes arrived with only one victory (over Loyola of
Baltimore) since their season opener on Nov. 25, they played
intracity rival and 16th-ranked Pittsburgh tough in a 59-45 loss
and also took West Virginia to overtime on the road.

In both those games, the Dukes led at halftime.

"It's the same old Duquesne," Palmer said. "We're getting
better, but we're not getting over the hump."

Duquesne used a 15-5 run over a span of nearly 6{ minutes to
build a healthy lead that was extended to 35-22 at the half on
McAllister's 3-pointer with 4 seconds left.

The Gophers shot 9-for-30 in the first half, including 3-for-16
from 3-point range. They faced a 48-30 deficit with 14:28 to go
before rallying.

A 14-0 run, keyed by five points from Hargrow and an intense
full-court pressure defense, cut the lead to four as the Williams
Arena crowd (announced at 11,753) roared like it's known to do for
the first significant stretch this season.

Tricco was part of Monson's last recruiting class at Gonzaga.
Tricco played there two seasons before transferring to Duquesne --
which competes in the Atlantic 10 Conference.

Minnesota, which normally wears gold at home and maroon on the
road, sported white uniforms for the first time in Monson's five
seasons. Monson and his wife, Darcy, became parents of their second
boy on Sunday -- Maddox Robert Monson.

If it was one of the new additions that brought bad luck, the
jerseys will be the first to go.

"I told the guys we're probably going to have to keep the
baby," Monson joked.