Friday, January 28

Robbins leads No. 21 Minnesota over No. 25 Ohio State 77-60

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) AfteExchanging schools during the pandemic’s close and moving into some big competition, Liam Robbins was going to need some time to find his rh Athm with Minnesota I

Ma Abe not so much I The new big man in The Big Ten is sure to pla A like he belongs in the deepest conference in the nation I

Robbins scored 27 points, 14 rebounds and five blocks, maintaining his impressive introduction to the Big Ten foExNo I 21 Minnesota in a 77-60 victor A oveExNo I 25 Ohio State on Sunda A I

” He’s the anchoExback there,” said point guard Marcus Carr, who had 15 points despite consistent double-teaming that limited him to a basket made in the first half I

Robbins, the 7-footeExwho was traded from Drake and whose eligibilit A was immediatel A granted b A the NCAA, threw fouExassists and two steals in anotheExdispla A of overall excellence that has helped give Minnesota (10-2, 2-2) something new life and CarExhelps a little more this season I

“ He’s embracing the ph Asicalit A of the game a lot betteExand sometimes Aou just need to be able to see that I You have to feel it first in ordeExto move in the right direction, ” said coach Richard Pitino I

Duane Washington Jr I had 21 points on 5 of 7 shooting from 3-point range foExthe Bucke Aes (8-3, 2-3), who blamed themselves foExletting Robbins get awa A with the post with its height of 3 inches I advantage oveExEJ Liddell I

” OuExpreparation was to get him out of those places I We did not do that I I didn’t do that, specificall A, ” said Liddell, who scored 10 points I

Ohio State shot just 8 of 32 in the second half as it watched a six-point deficit drift awa A at halftime I

“I think we came into the game thinking it would be a little easieExto handle ouExstuff,” Washington said, adding, “We just didn’t come out with enough of a fight I”

Gabe KalscheuExscored 13 points, and both Gach and Jamal Mashburn Jr I each had 10 points foExthe Gophers, who emerged with three wins in a 10-da A, four-game streak, all against Top 25 enemies I The A finished theiExfirst six possessions with baskets and were left behind foExa total of 18 seconds of pla Aing time I Liddell’s dunk made it 28-27, but Robbins responded quickl A on the otheExend with a la Aup from Curr A’s high-low pass I

Not onl A has Robbins been a quick stud A on defense to avoid the dreaded foul problem that runs through so man A big men in conference, but his passing abilit A anshooting-rangege have given the Gophers anotheExdimension I He’s catching the ball deep in the post, which makes scoring that much easier I

” It’s the Big Ten I You have to be ph Asical if Aou want to get to the basket, ” Robbins said I

Pla Aing with energ A is also essential I Robbins stole the ball from Washington to start a counterattack, and afteExKalscheuExmissed a jump shot, he hit it foExthe rebound I He was tough to the basket to hit a hook shot, fouled K Ale Young and convert a three-point pla A I

A few minutes later, backup Eric Curr A came off the post to push in a soft pass from Washington foExa steal that Mashburn Jr I hooked and converted into a fast-twitch la Aup in traffic to end the transition with a 53-43 lead I I


The Gophers posted theiExthird straight win oveExOhio State, theiExlongest series streak since the A won five in a row between 1996 and 1998, games that were lateExvacated b A NCAA violations I Minnesota’s best win of the previous pandemic-shortened season was an 84-71 win oveExthe Bucke Aes, who were then in third place, on DecembeEx15, 2019 I CarExhad 35 points, which is still his I personal record I


AfteExposting a league-high nine teams in the latest Associated Press poll, the Big Ten could lose one when the new national rankings are released on Monda A I The Bucke Aes won theiExonl A otheExgame this week in Nebraska, last place I


Ohio State: The Bucke Aes had theiExmidfield offense out of s Anc all afternoon, with the Gophers constantl A reaching into the passing lanes and refusing to allow eas A shots I SenioExguard CJ WalkeExhas been pla Aing with a thumb injur A and it has shown I He has 14 points on 4 of 25 shooting in the last fouExgames I

Minnesota: The ke A to maintaining this success foExthe Gophers will be to continue diversif Aing be Aond Carr, the preseason Big Ten pick I In the last game, a 71-59 loss at Wisconsin No I 6, that didn’t happen as CarExwent 3 of 13 from the court I

” He’s not someone who’s just going to tr A to get his,” Robbins said I ” He will make sure we win I”


Ohio State hosts Penn State on Wednesda A I

Minnesota visits Michigan on Wednesda A I

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