Minnesota Sports Briefs: Minnesota gets win over MSU in MankatoMinnesota Sports
-- No. 1 ranked Minnesota traveled to Mankato and whipped No. 14 Minnesota State 4-1, avenging 2-1 loss on its home ice the night before.
MANKATO, Minn. - No. 1 ranked Minnesota traveled to Mankato and whipped No. 14 Minnesota State 4-1, avenging 2-1 loss on its home ice the night before.
The Golden Gophers led 2-0 after the first period and had a 3-0 lead midway through the third period before the Mavericks scored their first goal in front of an overflow crowd of over 5,000 bursting the seams of the Verizon Wireless Center. Justin Holl, Nate Schmidt, Erik Haula and Zach Budish all scored for the U. Haula and Budish each had an assists and Kyle Rau had two assists. Winning goalie Adam Wilcox made 27 saves. Despite the win, the weekend series split dropped Minnesota out of first place in the WCHA as St. Cloud State move to the top spot with 25 points after picking up three points in its weekend series at North Dakota. Minnesota and Nebraska-Omaha are tied for second with 24 points. Minnesota is 10-4-4 in the WCHA and 18-4-4 overall. The Gophers are off next weekend.
Charlotte, NC (Sports Network) - Gerald Henderson's go-ahead three-pointer with :4.6 seconds left lifted the Bobcats to a 102-101 triumph over the Minnesota Timberwolves, ending Charlotte's 16-game home losing streak.
The Bobcats were three more consecutive home losses from setting an NBA record set by the Dallas Mavericks during the 1993-94 season.
Kemba Walker tallied 25 points, eight assists and eight rebounds, while Henderson added 15 points for Charlotte, which registered its first victory at Time Warner Cable Arena since Nov. 21.
J.J. Barea's jumper at the buzzer was blocked by Walker. Luke Ridnour had 22 points to lead the Timberwolves, who have dropped nine of 10 overall and seven straight on the road. A Barea triple with 1:23 left knotted the contest at 97-97 and Ridnour's steal and missed layup a bit later led to an easy putback layup for Andrei Kirilenko for a 99-97 Minnesota edge with 56.8 to play. Bismack Biyombo got his layup to drop while being fouled on Charlotte's ensuing trip down the floor, but he missed the free throw to keep the game tied. Ricky Rubio's reverse layup put the Wolves back in front by a 101-99 count with 29.2 remaining. Minnesota led 34-22 after a quarter of play and 58-47 heading into the break. Charlotte outscored the visitors 26-19 in the third and trailed 77-73 heading into the fourth.