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Minnesota's Maurice Walker (15), Joey King (24) and others celebrate a basket late in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Ohio State, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014, in Minneapolis. Minnesota won 63-53. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
College basketball: Minnesota muscles past reeling No. 11 Ohio State
First Published Jan 16 2014 10:47 pm • Last Updated Jan 17 2014 10:03 am

Minneapolis • New coach Richard Pitino has brought a fast-paced, perimeter-based style to Minnesota.

The Golden Gophers haven’t ignored their inside game, though. Ohio State got quite the glimpse.

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Elliott Eliason had 12 points and 13 rebounds to help Minnesota muscle up and beat the 11th-ranked Buckeyes 63-53 Thursday night, a rare third loss in a row for Ohio State.

"I never get bored of double-doubles," Eliason said.

DeAndre Mathieu had 13 points, five assists and three steals for the Gophers (14-4, 3-2 Big Ten), who gave Pitino his first signature win at Minnesota.

They did it by backing down the Buckeyes and owning the area around the basket, posting a 38-20 advantage in points in the paint and a 39-24 rebounding edge.

That started with Eliason.

"Whenever we needed a bucket, he came through clutch with some big finishes, big rebounds," Mathieu said. "He’s turned into a monster. He’s really good. I think he’s the best big in the Big Ten."




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