COLUMBUS, Ohio -  The Minnesota Gophers fell behind early and despite rallying, just couldn't get over the hump in a 78-72 loss at Ohio State.

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It's the fourth straight loss for the Gophers. The Buckeyes shot 50-percent from the field and made 23 of 30 free throws, improving its record to 13-8, 3-5 in the Big Ten.

Nate Mason finally found his scoring touch with 21 points, Akeem Springs added 15 points and 10 rebounds. Minnesota falls to 15-6, 3-5 on the season.

Trailing by 17 late in the first half, Minnesota closed out the half on a 12-0 run to trail 40-35.

Next up for the Gophers is the Maryland Terrapins this Saturday at Williams Arena.  Our coverage begins at 12:30 with a 1:00 p.m. tip off on KROC-AM.