Minnesota gives up first-half lead, falls 75-67 to Florida State

The Gophers shot 19-59 from field goal range.

Junior guard Nate Mason runs the ball up the court on Friday at Williams Arena. The Gophers would go on to win 86-74 against the Ragin' Cajuns.

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Junior guard Nate Mason runs the ball up the court on Friday at Williams Arena. The Gophers would go on to win 86-74 against the Ragin’ Cajuns.

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The Gophers went into the locker room at halftime with a 2-point lead over the Seminoles in their first road game of the season on Monday.

As the second half progressed, the lead slipped away.

Minnesota (6-1) was outscored 44-34 in the second half and lost 75-67 to Florida State (6-1) in Tallahassee, Fla. on Nov. 28.

“I think from a defensive standpoint we got a little bit desperate and really spread out, and then beat off the bounce,” head coach Richard Pitino told reporters. “Credit to that team, that’s a really good team, very talented team.”

The Seminoles came out of the half with a 7-2 run to take the lead. The Gophers never regained the lead after the run to begin the second.

“They came out here and threw a punch at us and we shouldn’t have let them do it,” guard Nate Mason told reporters.

Florida State had the upper hand in the front court against Minnesota.

Forward Jonathan Isaac had a double-double with 14 points and 13 rebounds.

The Gophers were outrebounded 41-35.

“Their length definitely bothered our bigs,” Pitino told reporters. “But I think their length should bother a lot of bigs, obviously.”

Center Reggie Lynch struggled after coming back from an injury. Lynch shot 2-6 from the field and had four rebounds in the game.

Guard Amir Coffey came in as the team’s leading scorer, averaging 15.8 points. Coffey struggled to score this game, shooting 3-10 from the field and scored just seven points.

Coffey also got into foul trouble and only played 18 minutes.

“We needed [Coffey] in that game because we needed a third ball handler who could go make plays,” Pitino told reporters.

Minnesota started the game trailing 7-2, but a 7-0 run would help the team gain its first lead.

Florida State came back with a 9-3 run of its own to regain the lead right back.

Minnesota only had two players with double-digit point totals. Mason and guard Akeem Springs both scored 11 points.

Mason shot 4-11 in the 11-point performance.

Guard Dupree McBrayer hit a go-ahead 3-pointer in the first half. The shot was a part of a 7-0 run late in the half to help the Gophers take the lead before the break.

Forward Bakary Konate had seven points off the bench for the Gophers. He also had six rebounds, tied for second-best on the team.

“Every day I work hard, [I] adjust for this, for my opportunity, and today was one of them,” Konate told reporters.

Florida State guard Dwayne Bacon was the game’s leading scorer. Bacon amassed 18 points on 11 shots.

Florida State’s comeback was fueled by a strong shooting performance. The Seminoles shot 50 percent in the second half compared to 34.6 in the first.

Florida State led by as much as 19, but a 13-1 run by Minnesota in the closing minutes kept the final score close.

“It shows we have a lot of heart,” Mason told reporters. “We kept fighting.”

Minnesota’s next game comes against Vanderbilt University on Dec. 3 in Sioux Falls, S.D. The game is second consecutive matchup on the road for the Gophers.

“Obviously for our young guys, they figured out that it’s hard to play on the road and what not,” Mason told reporters. “We’re definitely going to learn a lot, especially about our defense.”