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Gophers lose to Penn State on the road

The Minnesota Gophers lost to the Penn State Nittany Lions 68-63 in State College Saturday afternoon, the Pioneer Press and Star Tribune reported.

The Gophers dropped their fifth out of eight games, and third game in a row on the road, hurting their NCAA Tournament hopes.

Freshman Devoe Joseph scored 23 points including a school-record-tying seven three-pointers, but had two turnovers in the final three minutes.

Turnovers were yet again the Gophers' main issue. For the second consecutive game the Gophers had 19 turnovers while only seven assists were produced.

The Nittany Lions led at halftime 24-23 and the Gophers were able to pull into the lead 56-53 with 5:16 remaining in the game. A 10-0 run by Penn State right after that put the Gophers in a hole that they were never able to climb out of.

Penn State moved into a tie for fifth place with the Gophers and Wisconsin. This puts pressure on the Gophers to win a majority of their remaining five games.

This puts into question the Gophers' chances to make the Tournament but Tubby Smith told the Pioneer Press, "I don't care about that...I care about how we need to stop turning the ball over."

Pioneer Press: http://www.twincities.com/sports/ci_11706526

Star Tribune: http://www.startribune.com/sports/gophers/39616477.html?elr=KArksi8cyaiUo8cyaiUiD3aPc:_Yyc:aUU