Big Ten Conference

Gophers break out of slump, thump Nebraska 79-61 to end three-game losing streak

Entering Monday night on a three-game slide, Richard Pitino's Gophers couldn't afford another loss to stay on a pace to make the NCAA basketball tournament.

Gophers leading scorers Marcus Carr and Liam Robbins in foul trouble meant no smooth sailing offensively — it led to a drought of more than seven minutes without a basket in the second half.

"I wanted to come in today and not take this one lightly," said Carr, whose 21 points led four players in double figures despite playing a Gophers career-low 19 minutes.

The junior point guard was determined to make up for missing two shots in crunch time in a 76-72 loss last week at Rutgers.

The Gophers (12-7, 5-7 Big Ten) had lost three consecutive games to unranked opponents, including vs. Maryland at home.

It was tough to score when Robbins, who was coming off a 16-point, 10-rebound game at Rutgers, went to the sideline with his fourth foul with 17:21 left in the second half.

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