At the buzzer: Indiana 73, Minnesota 60
Quick thoughts on a 73-60 win over Minnesota:
How it happened: It was a rough start defensively for Indiana on Sunday afternoon in Assembly Hall. Minnesota came out hot from the field and opened a five-point lead at 14-9 by the 14:37 mark of the first half. The Gophers were hot from the midrange, connecting on a lot of tough, contested shots off the dribble. Indiana changed the momentum with its 3-point shooting and defense. Minnesota didn’t guard Rob Phinisee or Xavier Johnson from the perimeter and by the half, the Hoosiers had opened a 39-29 lead on the strength of a 7-of-14 performance from beyond the 3-point line.
Indiana’s energy waned to start the second half. By the 12:55 mark, the Gophers were within one at 46-45 after a Payton Willis layup. After an IU timeout, Minnesota took the lead on a Jamison Battle layup. Indiana then made four of five field goals to grab a 57-54 lead with 7:18 to play at the under-eight media timeout. The Hoosiers scored the next four points and led 61-54 on a Race Thompson jumper with 6:10 to play. By Indiana’s timeout with 4:06 remaining, Minnesota hadn’t scored in 4:56 and the Hoosiers led 63-54. Indiana was not challenged the rest of the way as the Hoosiers improved to 12-3 overall and 3-2 in Big Ten play.
Standout performers: Five Indiana players scored in double figures. Trayce Jackson-Davis recorded his 28th career double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds. Johnson had 14 points, five assists and three rebounds. Phinisee scored 12 of his 13 points in the first half and added four assists and three rebounds. Thompson finished with 10 points and five rebounds while Parker Stewart added 12 points and three rebounds.
Statistic that stands out: Minnesota only scored six points in the final 9:02 and missed nine of its last 10 field goal attempts.
Final IU individual statistics:
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Assembly Call postgame show:
Filed to: Minnesota Golden Gophers