Men’s basketball: Dawson Garcia hits game-winner in Gophers’ 62-61 OT win over Cal Baptist

Minnesota (4-1) will play UNLV on Wednesday night for the neutral-site tournament championship.

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Dawson Garcia came up big at the biggest moment Monday.

With five seconds remaining, Garcia’s jumper through contact put the Gophers ahead for good in a 62-61 overtime win over California Baptist on Monday night in the SoCal Challenge in San Juan Capistrano, Calif.

Minnesota (4-1) will play UNLV on Wednesday night for the neutral-site tournament championship. The Running Rebels beat Southern Illinois 56-49 after the Gophers game.

Garcia dealt with foul trouble early Monday, but finished with 10 points on 5 of 10 shooting.

Cal Baptist (3-2) had turned heads with a wire-to-wire win over Washington on Thursday and was a 1-1/2-point favorite.


Dawson Garcia

Minnesota staked a 15-0 lead in the opening eight minutes as Cal Baptist missed its first nine shots and its best player Taran Armstrong picked up two fouls. He was scoreless and sat for the final 14 minutes of the half.

Armstrong came on strong with 24 points in the second half and overtime, but missed a running layup that would have won the game in the final seconds of regulation. He also missed a last-second shot in overtime.

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Rose Micheaux had game-highs of 24 points and 11 rebounds for the Gophers (9-14, 2-10).
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The Gophers (9-12 overall, 2-8 Big Ten) led only once, 2-0, on a layup by Rose Micheaux in the game’s first 16 seconds.
Trailing in the second period, the Minnesota Gophers got solid goaltending and woke up offensively to sweep their weekend series versus visiting Michigan State.

Jamison Battle made his season debut Monday and didn’t shoot well after missing the first four games of the season. He went 4 for 15 for 11 points.

Minnesota led 26-18 at the half, with Pharrel Payne setting the pace with seven points and seven rebounds. He finished with a team-high 15 points and 13 rebounds.


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