Win snaps three-game losing streak for men’s basketball

Minnesota men’s basketball team ended a three-game skid with a 68-64 victory at Penn State (7-19, 3-12 Big Ten) on Saturday.

The Gophers (15-10, 8-6) headed to the locker room trailing 35-32 and shooting 36.7 percent from the field. Minnesota stormed back in the second half with a 23-10 run. But as the game clock wound down, Minnesota was in jeopardy of losing its fourth-straight contest and practically killing any remaining NCAA tournament hopes.

A 16-5 run gave the Lions a 61-60 lead with 4:15 remaining and with 1:04 left to play the score was knotted at 64. The Gophers stopped Penn State’s offense and made four of their final six free throws to ice the game.

Swimming and diving

Minnesota’s women’s swimming and diving team finished ninth with 226 points at the Big Ten Championships, held over the weekend in Ann Arbor, Mich. Penn State won its first conference title with 594.5 points.

Junior Keri Hehn placed third in the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:13.82. Hehn’s time was the second fastest in school history and automatically qualified her for the NCAA championships.

Freshman Rebecca Cornthwaite finished second in platform diving with an NCAA Zone qualifying score of 391.60.

Minnesota’s Dana Baum, Katy Coombe, Megan Moore, and Anne Koller finished eighth in the 400-yard freestyle relay with an NCAA provisional qualifying time of 3:25.56.

Including the 400-yard relay, Baum finished in the top 10 in six events and scored 62.5 points for the team.

Women’s track

Minnesota’s women’s track team finished eighth at the Big Ten Indoor Track and Field Championships.

The Gophers received a few solid performances en route to scoring 51 points.

Minnesota competed with 17 underclassmen on its 30-person roster versus only four seniors.

“I was very impressed with what I saw,” Wilson said. “The table is set to have a very good outdoor season and to have good teams for the next few years.”

As a team, the Gophers ran to third place finishes in the 4×400-meter and distance medley relays.

Rachael Schutz finished third in the 600-meter run. Darja Vasilijeva ran to a fourth place mark in the mile run and Erica Findlay vaulted to a fourth place finish.

Tahesia Harrigan came in fifth in the 200-yard dash and Jessica Schuster placed sixth in the 800-meter run.