Minnesota 68, Detroit 66
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) _ Voshon Lenard, whose missed free throw with 9.9 seconds left almost contributed to an incredible upset, made a 3-pointer at the buzzer Tuesday night as Minnesota defeated Detroit 68-66.
Lenard made one of two foul shots to tie the game at 65-all. After Detroit’s Ramsey Nichols also made one of two free throws with 3.3 seconds left to put the Titans up 66-65, Lenard leaped high at midcourt for Dana Jackson’s inbounds pass, dribbled three times and hit a 22-footer.
Lenard, a Detroit native and one of the nation’s most highly touted freshmen, scored 13 points and Bob Martin 15 for the Gophers (6-2), who were favored by 17 points.
Dwayne Kelley scored 18 for Detroit (4-4), a Midwestern Collegiate Conference team that has lost 13 consecutive games against Big Ten opponents.
After the Titans used an 11-2 run to take a 58-45 lead with 12:38 left, they went 7 minutes, 22 seconds without scoring. They missed six shots, including four 3-pointers, were 0-for-3 on foul shots - all in 1-and-1 situations - and committed seven turnovers.
Nevertheless, Detroit still led 58-56 as Minnesota missed 12 of 17 shots and had three turnovers.
After a drive by Mike Lovelace snapped Detroit’s slump, Martin scored all the points during a 6-1 run that gave the Gophers their first lead since early in the game, 62-61 with 3:50 to go.
The lead then changed hands four times before Lenard’s winner.