Gophers crushed in OT loss to Illini

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Minnesota Golden Gophers guard Kevin Dorsey (4) takes a hit as the llinois Fighting Illini visited the Minnesota Golden Gophers on January 23, 2016 at Wiliams Arena in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

The Gophers led by as much as ten points in regulation but did not show up in the overtime period and were outscored 16-11 in the final period of play.  The Gophers only came away with eight offensive rebounds in the game and made just six of twelve free throws.

Coach Richard Pitino had some strong words when asked about the Gophers’ going 11-36 from behind the three point line.  Pitino said “I don’t want to shoot that many…It was way too many threes.”

Minnesota’s freshman forward Jordan Murphy had a good game and came away with a double-double, scoring 12 points and coming away with 10 rebounds.  Murphy is averaging a double-double this year with 23.6 points and 10.5 rebounds per game.

With the loss, the Gophers fall to 6-14 on the season and are still 0-8 in Big Ten play.  The Gophers will host the Purdue Boilermakers on January 27 and will be plaing hard in search of their first Big Ten win.