This is Amelia Rayno's third season on the Gophers men's basketball beat. She learned college basketball in North Carolina (Go Tar Heels!), where fanhood is not an option. In 2010, she joined the Star Tribune after graduating from Boston's Emerson College, which sadly had no exciting D-I college hoops to latch onto. Amelia has also worked on the sports desk at the Boston Globe and interned at the Detroit News.

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Gophers postgame: Minnesota gets a signature win over Ohio State

Posted by: Amelia Rayno under College basketball, Gophers coaches, Gophers players Updated: January 17, 2014 - 12:40 AM

Read my full game story on tonight's 63-53 win over Ohio State here.

Well Gophers fans, this is exactly what the doctored ordered.

After two wins that came with plenty of asterisks and two losses that could only be viewed as lost opportunities, Minnesota authored a convincing win over a ranked team -- the first ranked conquest of the season -- to earn a signature win and a big dose of confidence heading into two incredibly tough two-game stretch to follow, starting with Iowa on the road on Sunday.

Elliott Eliason came up huge for the Gophers, who suddenly looked like they had all kind of offensive options. With their typical perimter attack not as impactful as it usually is -- Minnesota made just 21.4 percent of its three-point shots -- the Gophers were able to effectively work the ball inside where Eliason had his sixth double-double of the year and was an absolute difference maker. Minnesota scored 38 points in the paint and shot 51.1 percent from the field overall.

On the other end, the Gophers kept the Buckeyes off-balance with their defensive zone, holding them to 35.3 percent from the field, and then harassing them into ten turnovers in the second half after forcing just three in the first.

Perhaps the biggest success was Minnesota's ability to close, which had been a struggle through the first four -- both the losses and the wins. With 9:35 to play, the Gophers led by 7 after Mo Walker, in backing up Eliason, instigated an 8-0 run. Ohio State brought it back within three, getting a big two-pointer and steal from Aaron Craft, but the Gophers got some big shots from Andre Hollins and Austin Hollins -- maybe the start of easing out of his slump? -- and hit six free throws in the final 1:36 to take the victory.

"I can't wait to check my Twitter," DeAndre Mathieu said. "I know they're going crazy. Don't tell Coach Pitino I said that, but I can't wait to check my Twitter."


New England 2/1/15 5:30 PM
Minnesota 94 FINAL
Philadelphia 103
Houston 93 FINAL
Boston 87
Portland 99 FINAL
Atlanta 105
Sacramento 90 FINAL
Cleveland 101
Toronto 127 FINAL
Brooklyn 122
Dallas 93 FINAL
Miami 72
LA Clippers 103 FINAL
New Orleans 108
Golden State 100 FINAL
Utah 110
Chicago 93 FINAL
Phoenix 99
Pittsburgh 2 FINAL(OT)
New Jersey 1
St. Louis 3 FINAL(SO)
Carolina 2
Nashville 0 FINAL
Colorado 3
Buffalo 2 FINAL
Vancouver 5
Chicago 4 FINAL
Anaheim 1
Harvard 75 FINAL
Princeton 72
Quinnipiac 57 FINAL
Canisius 63
Brown 49 FINAL
Cornell 57
Siena 79 FINAL
Manhattan 87
Marist 65 FINAL
Niagara 61
Dartmouth 51 FINAL
Penn 58
Oregon 68 FINAL
Arizona State 67
Yale 63 FINAL
Columbia 59
Monmouth 60 FINAL
Fairfield 59
Western Ill 63
Oregon State 34 FINAL
Arizona 57
Kent State 55 FINAL
Buffalo 80
Canisius 75 FINAL
Monmouth 58
Butler 67 FINAL
Providence 59
Cornell 65 FINAL
Brown 52
Columbia 47 FINAL
Yale 55
Coll of Charleston 47 FINAL
Drexel 64
Penn 55 FINAL
Dartmouth 39
Elon 60 FINAL
James Madison 89
(19) Princeton 96 FINAL
Harvard 46
(9) Florida State 82 FINAL
Georgia Tech 62
Quinnipiac 87 FINAL
Siena 62
Richmond 54 FINAL
Rhode Island 50
Loyola-Chicago 58 FINAL
Southern Ill 64
Georgetown 52 FINAL
DePaul 93
Villanova 75 FINAL
Marquette 59
Wichita State 70 FINAL
Northern Iowa 51
Xavier 65 FINAL
Creighton 74
Bradley 58 FINAL
Illinois State 55
Missouri State 89 FINAL
Drake 94
Arizona 48 FINAL
Utah 62
(11) Arizona State 68 FINAL
Colorado 60
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