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Gophers stick with Maryland for a half

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) -- For 20 minutes, Minnesota did virtually everything right against No. 23 Maryland in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge.

Shortly after halftime, however, the short-handed Golden Gophers relinquished the lead. Not long after that, they lost their coach.

Travis Garrison had 18 points and 10 rebounds, and Maryland overwhelmed injury-riddled Minnesota in the second half en route to an 83-66 victory Wednesday night.

The Terrapins (5-1) trailed by 15 in the early going and by six at halftime.

Dan Coleman led the Gophers (2-2) with 16 points, and Adam Boone and J'son Stamper each scored 13.

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Minnesota was without injured guards Vincent Grier, Ryan Saunders and Kevin Payton. In addition, starting guard Maurice Hargrow left with a leg injury after playing just nine minutes.

Maryland opened the second half with a 15-1 run that made it 51-43 and brought about Gophers coach Dan Monson's early exit.

After Strawberry tied it with a layup, the junior guard added a three-point play to give the Terrapins their first lead, 46-43. Strawberry then deflected the inbounds pass to Garrison, who sank a layup.

That caused Monson to storm to midcourt while signaling for a 30-second time-out. He proceeded to pull off his jacket and throw it angrily to the floor, a demonstration that earned him a pair of technical fouls.

"I tell my team you have to fight, but you have to do it with composure," Monson said. "I apologized to the three officials after the game and to my team. I feel like when they needed me to fight the most, I wasn't there."

A spirited performance by a short-handed Gophers team.

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