For a half, Indiana looked like a team poised for a big conference road win.
Once again, the second half was a different story. The Hoosiers faltered in the second half after building a 13-point first half lead, and fell to Minnesota 66-60 at The Barn on Saturday night.
Just like they did at Nebraska just over a week ago, the Hoosiers built a double-figure first half lead, only to see it disappear in the second half. IU built an early 26-13 lead and also led by eight points in the second half, but the lead disappeared late for the second straight game.
Down 62-58 late, Yogi Ferrell drove the length of the court and had a fairly uncontested layup that fell short. Andre Hollins got the rebound for Minnesota, but Noah Vonleh and Evan Gordon trapped him, and Vonleh got a steal and a layup to cut the lead to two.
With about a seven-second difference between the shot and game clocks, Tom Crean chose not to foul and let his team defend, hoping for a stop. But Deandre Mathieu drove it right at Gordon, got in the lane, and delivered the crushing blow in another Indiana defeat.
Gordon missed a 3 on the other end to end the game.
"If that would have been under five seconds, then obviously you're going to foul," Crean said afterward. "I think, right there, you just have to trust your defense. I wouldn't change that. You just gotta keep that kid in front of you, and you can't let him go right."
Indiana (14-9, 4-6 Big Ten) turned the ball over 11 times in the second half after giving it away only five times in the first 20 minutes.
Ferrell led the Hoosiers with 14 points, four assists and four rebounds, but shot just 5-of-16 from the field and 2-of-9 from beyond the arc. Noah Vonleh added 12 points and 12 rebounds, and Will Sheehey and Troy Williams each had 11 points. Williams scored Indiana's first nine points.
Mathieu led Minnesota with 16 points and Maurice Walker added 14 points and eight rebounds off the bench. Hollins had 10 points on 4-of-8 shooting in his second game back from injury.
We'll have more coverage throughout the night and tomorrow. Indiana will be back in action at home on Wednesday night against Penn State.