On Thursday night, for the second consecutive game, it was obvious: the Gophers cannot rely on late energy and magic tricks. After playing inspired basketball against Michigan late in the second half -- much like their previous game, a seven-point loss at Indiana -- Minnesota slashed a 19-point deficit to seven with 2:39 to go. But the Gophers didn't have enough time, or poise, to get the job done. Missing seven of their final 16 free throws, No. 9 Minnesota dropped their second consecutive game and first Big Ten game at home to the No. 5 Wolverines 83-75...
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