Feb 25, 2004
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Tony Stockman had 21 points and four steals to lead Ohio State past Minnesota 70-59 Wednesday night.
J.J. Sullinger added 15 points and Brandon Fuss-Cheatham scored 12 for the Buckeyes (13-13, 5-8 Big Ten), who fell behind early before bouncing back against the cold-shooting Gophers (2-12, 10-16).
Minnesota – which shot a season-low 29.6 percent in Sunday’s loss to Purdue – connected on just 29.2 percent of their shots in the pivotal second half and shot 35.7 percent for the game.
The Gophers went 3-for-25 from 3-point range and committed 14 turnovers.
Minnesota freshman Kris Humphries, the Big Ten’s leading scorer and rebounder, was just 1-for-10 from the field in the first half. He finished with 17 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Gophers.
Minnesota led by as much as 12 midway through the first half, but the Buckeyes came back to cut the lead to 30-29 at halftime on Stockman’s steal and basket in the final 10 seconds.
Ohio State took its first lead on its first possession of the second half when Fuss-Cheatham converted on a driving layup, and the Buckeyes cruised from there.
The Gophers opened the game with a 10-0 burst, getting 3-pointers from Ben Johnson and Adam Boone. Johnson’s second basket in the run forced Ohio State to call a timeout after the Buckeyes failed to score at 2:20 into the game.