Elijah Hawkins scores 24 to lead Minnesota past Ohio State

Elijah Hawkins scored 24 points and dished seven assists, and Minnesota held on for an 88-79 win over Ohio State in a Big Ten Conference matchup Thursday night in Minneapolis.Dawson Garcia finished with 22 points and nine rebounds for Minnesota (17-9, 8-7), which won its second game in a row. Pharrel Payne added 15 points on 5-for-7 shooting.Bruce Thornton compiled 25 points on 10-for-14 shooting to lead Ohio State (15-12, 5-11). Jamison Battle, who transferred from Minnesota, scored 21 points in his former arena.Minnesota led by as many as 17 points with 5:11 to go. A free throw by Braeden Carrington made it 72-55 in favor of the Golden Gophers, and they never looked back the rest of the way.The Golden Gophers opened up a double-digit lead early in the second half. Hawkins drained a 3-pointer to make it 50-39 in favor of Minnesota with 16:49 remaining.Ohio State pulled within 57-50 on a jump shot by Thornton with 9:48 to go.Minnesota answered with an 8-0 run to seize a 65-50 advantage with 8:27 left. Hawkins and Cam Christie hit back-to-back 3-pointers, and Parker Fox made two free throws to finish the run.Minnesota led 42-34 at the half.