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Wisconsin puts halt to Gophers' run

Minnesota's season ends in Big Ten quarterfinals

Knight Ridder Newspapers

INDIANAPOLIS -- The problems that plagued the University of Minnesota men's basketball team all season surfaced in a 66-52 loss to No. 10 Wisconsin in the Big Ten Conference tournament quarterfinals on Friday night.

Despite remaining within striking distance of the second-seeded Badgers (22-6) most of the game, the Gophers (12-18) couldn't make enough shots. They have struggled making perimeter shots, and they were 3 for 15 from three-point range Friday.

"I was proud of our effort," said Gophers coach Dan Monson, whose team shot 31.4 percent from three-point range this season. "As the year progressed, defensively we got things accomplished. Yet we put so much pressure on our defense because of how we were offensively. Wisconsin is just a great defensive team, and we've got to be able to make some shots to loosen them up a little bit."

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Kris Humphries, the Big Ten freshman of the year, was held to 12 points, tying his season-low, on 5-of-16 shooting. Adam Boone also scored 12 points for the Gophers. They were a combined 11 for 28 from the field thanks to Wisconsin's tight man-to-man defense.

Mike Wilkinson frustrated and harassed Humphries in the first half and completely shut him down in the second.

Humphries was 3 for 10 from the field and had eight points as the Gophers fell behind 30-22 at halftime.

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