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Gophers Beat Michigan State in Big Ten Tournament Quarterfinals

Minnesota center Reggie Lynch, left, dunks the ball past Michigan State guard Miles Bridges, back, and forward Nick Ward, right, during the first half. Photo: AP/Alex Brandon
Minnesota center Reggie Lynch, left, dunks the ball past Michigan State guard Miles Bridges, back, and forward Nick Ward, right, during the first half.

March 10, 2017 04:45 PM

Reggie Lynch returned from taking a forearm to the face and scored 16 points to lead fourth-seeded Minnesota to a 63-58 victory over fifth-seeded Michigan State on Friday in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Conference Tournament.

The Big Ten defensive player of the year was dynamic at each end of the court, and his return sparked an 8-0 second-half run for the Golden Gophers (24-8), who advance to face Michigan in the semifinals.

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Lynch took an inadvertent forearm to the face early in the second half and left the court with a towel over it. He missed only 1:19 and was the catalyst for Minnesota beating Tom Izzo's tournament-tested bunch.

Amir Coffey added 13 points for Minnesota, which had four players in double figures and committed only nine turnovers.

Freshman Miles Bridges led Michigan State (19-14) with 20 points but was 7 of 20 from the floor. He was a big part of the Spartans' perimeter problems as they shot 20 percent from 3-point territory.

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