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Westbrook, Minnesota beat Penn State, Battle 75-70

Dec 30, 2009 - 4:17 AM By JON KRAWCZYNSKI AP Sports Writer

MINNEAPOLIS(AP) -- Lawrence Westbrook won a terrific duel with Talor Battle, tying his career high with 29 points to lead Minnesota to a 75-70 victory over Penn State on Tuesday night in a Big Ten opener.

Battle had 23 points, six rebounds and four assists for the Nittany Lions (8-5, 0-1) but couldn't quite match Westbrook shot for shot down the stretch.

The senior guard for the Gophers (10-3, 1-0) made 11 of his 16 shots and tied a career high with four 3-pointers. Blake Hoffarber added 11 points.

Andrew Jones had 12 points and eight rebounds for Penn State, and David Jackson added 11 points.

But it came down to a thrilling display of shotmaking from Westbrook and Battle.

Battle's 3-pointer gave the Lions a 53-50 lead with under 10 minutes to go, but Westbrook hit three 3-pointers in a span of 2:30 later the second half.