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Watkins lifts Penn State to 52-50 win over No. 24 Gophers

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) Penn State coach Patrick Chambers discussed end-of-game scenarios often over the last several days with his young team. He reminded Tony Carr about those conversations with three words and a slap on the rear end as the point guard trotted out to attempt two big free throws Saturday.

''You've got this,'' Chambers said.

Sure enough, he did.

Carr made two foul shots with 5 seconds left, and Penn State beat No. 24 Minnesota 52-50 for its first victory over a ranked opponent in almost a year.

''He wanted the basketball,'' Chambers said. ''Make or miss, no matter what happened today, you've got yourself a really good point guard who's got a lot of courage.''

Mike Watkins had 15 points and 15 rebounds and Payton Banks added 10 points for the Nittany Lions (11-7, 3-2 Big Ten) who recovered from a 32-22 halftime deficit.

It was Penn State's first win over a Top 25 team since Feb. 17 against then-No. 4 Iowa at the Bryce Jordan Center.

Reggie Lynch scored 12 points for the Golden Gophers (15-4, 3-3), who were outscored 26-15 over the final 17 minutes after leading by as many as 14 in first half.

''It was about as disappointing as it gets,'' Minnesota coach Richard Pitino said. ''Not sure what we were doing at the end. We didn't block out twice, we got stops obviously, you hold a team to 30 percent, you think you have an opportunity to win the game.''

Penn State grabbed its first lead of the game on Watkins' three-point play with 9:59 remaining. Banks made a big 3 with 2:12 remaining and Watkins hit two key free throws, setting up Carr's big play in the final seconds.

WATKINS EVOLVING

Watkins went 6 for 9 from the field and 3 for 3 at the line in his fourth double-double of the season. The redshirt freshman also had a blocked shot in the second half that help the Nittany Lions turn it around.

AVOIDING INJURY

Amir Coffey, the Gophers' second-leading scorer on the season, took a hard foul with 8:13 to play when Josh Reaves got him as he lifted off for a fast-break layup. Coffey went down hard on his face and shoulder and needed a few moments to regain his senses.

He was able to return and made both free throws.

THE BIG PICTURE

Minnesota: Pitino wasn't pleased with his team's lack of physicality in its loss to Michigan State on Wednesday, and the Gophers got outrebounded 37-31 by the Nittany Lions. But Minnesota held Penn State to 30 percent shooting (17 for 56).

Penn State: The Nittany Lions might be able to build off their strong second half against Minnesota. They also can point to their rebounding advantage as a sign of improvement.

UP NEXT

Minnesota hosts No. 18 Wisconsin on Saturday.

Penn State hosts Indiana on Wednesday night.

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Key Players
Min. Per Game
Pts. Per Game
Ast. Per Game
Reb. Per Game
Field Goal %
Three Point %
Free Throw %
  Defensive rebound by Tony Carr 0.0
  Nate Mason missed 3-pt. jump shot 0.0
+ 1 Tony Carr made 2nd of 2 free throws 5.0
+ 1 Tony Carr made 1st of 2 free throws 5.0
+ 1 Tony Carr made 1st of 2 free throws 5.0
  Personal foul on Nate Mason 5.0
  Offensive rebound by Penn State 8.0
  Tony Carr missed layup, blocked by Eric Curry 10.0
  Tony Carr missed layup, blocked by Eric Curry 10.0
  Offensive rebound by Josh Reaves 33.0
  Payton Banks missed 3-pt. jump shot 35.0
Team Stats
Points 50 52
Field Goals 20-53 (37.7%) 17-56 (30.4%)
3-Pointers 2-7 (28.6%) 2-14 (14.3%)
Free Throws 8-11 (72.7%) 16-20 (80.0%)
Total Rebounds 35 40
Offensive 5 12
Defensive 26 25
Team 4 3
Assists 8 8
Steals 8 9
Blocks 5 5
Turnovers 19 17
Fouls 15 12
Technicals 0 0
12 PTS, 6 REB, 1 AST
15 PTS, 15 REB, 1 AST
12T
away team logo 24 Minnesota 15-4 321850
home team logo Penn State 11-7 223052
Team Stats
away team logo 24 Minnesota 15-4 70.6 PPG 40.2 RPG 14.5 APG
home team logo Penn State 11-7 69.7 PPG 40.2 RPG 12.2 APG
Key Players
00
R. Lynch C PPG RPG APG FG%
24
M. Watkins F 7.8 PPG 7.4 RPG 0.5 APG 56.1 FG%
Top Scorers
R. Lynch C 12 PTS 6 REB 1 AST
M. Watkins F 15 PTS 15 REB 1 AST
37.7 FG% 30.4
28.6 3PT FG% 14.3
72.7 FT% 80.0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
R. Lynch 12 6 1 5/9 0/0 2/2 1 32 0 2 2 1 5
N. Mason 7 2 4 3/13 0/1 1/2 4 30 3 0 3 0 2
J. Murphy 7 4 0 3/5 0/0 1/2 4 17 2 0 3 0 4
A. Coffey 6 7 2 2/4 0/1 2/2 1 34 1 0 4 1 6
D. McBrayer 5 4 1 2/8 1/1 0/0 1 27 2 0 3 0 4
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
R. Lynch 12 6 1 5/9 0/0 2/2 1 32 0 2 2 1 5
N. Mason 7 2 4 3/13 0/1 1/2 4 30 3 0 3 0 2
J. Murphy 7 4 0 3/5 0/0 1/2 4 17 2 0 3 0 4
A. Coffey 6 7 2 2/4 0/1 2/2 1 34 1 0 4 1 6
D. McBrayer 5 4 1 2/8 1/1 0/0 1 27 2 0 3 0 4
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
A. Springs 5 2 0 2/8 1/4 0/0 0 23 0 0 2 0 2
E. Curry 5 5 0 2/5 0/0 1/2 2 23 0 2 0 2 3
B. Konate 3 1 0 1/1 0/0 1/1 2 8 0 1 1 1 0
M. Hurt 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 6 0 0 1 0 0
G. Diedhiou - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Haugh - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Gilbert - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Johnson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Sharp - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Rudrud - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 50 31 8 20/53 2/7 8/11 15 200 8 5 19 5 26
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Reaves 9 8 3 2/11 0/2 5/8 3 31 5 1 2 2 6
S. Garner 6 0 1 2/7 0/3 2/2 1 38 2 0 2 0 0
J. Moore 4 3 0 2/3 0/0 0/0 0 16 0 1 2 2 1
L. Stevens 4 4 0 1/9 0/0 2/2 2 22 0 2 2 2 2
T. Carr 2 1 1 0/6 0/1 2/2 2 21 0 0 6 0 1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Reaves 9 8 3 2/11 0/2 5/8 3 31 5 1 2 2 6
S. Garner 6 0 1 2/7 0/3 2/2 1 38 2 0 2 0 0
J. Moore 4 3 0 2/3 0/0 0/0 0 16 0 1 2 2 1
L. Stevens 4 4 0 1/9 0/0 2/2 2 22 0 2 2 2 2
T. Carr 2 1 1 0/6 0/1 2/2 2 21 0 0 6 0 1
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Watkins 15 15 1 6/9 0/0 3/3 3 24 1 1 2 5 10
P. Banks 10 4 1 3/8 2/7 2/3 0 29 1 0 0 1 3
T. Samuel 2 1 0 1/3 0/1 0/0 0 14 0 0 0 0 1
N. Bostick 0 1 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 5 0 0 1 0 1
I. Washington - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Zemgulis - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Zhao - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. Hazle - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 52 37 8 17/56 2/14 16/20 12 200 9 5 17 12 25