MINNEAPOLIS - Taiye Bello scored a career-high 20 points and pulled down 18 rebounds, Kenisha Bell added 24 points and nine rebounds and No. 20 Minnesota beat No. 12 Syracuse 72-68 on Thursday night.
Trailing by six, the Golden Gophers went on a 12-0 run on their way to outscoring the Orange 17-7 over the final 3½ minutes. Minnesota had led almost the entire game until a 13-0 run by the Orange put them up 61-55, setting the stage for the Gophers' final push.
Destiny Pitts added 10 points and five assists and Annalese Lamke had 13 rebounds to go with nine points for Minnesota, which is off to a 6-0 start for the second straight season and fifth time in program history.
Kiara Lewis scored 14 points, Miranda Drummond 12, Tiana Mangakahia 11 with eight assists and Maeva Djaldi-Tabdi had 10 points and five blocks for Syracuse (6-2), which had a five-game win streak end.