Rapid Recap: Indiana 69, Minnesota 50

MINNEAPOLIS – After a close loss to the top team in the Big Ten, Michigan State, Minnesota looked to complete the series sweep against top-25 Indiana on Sunday. The Gophers started the game on a 6-0 run but cold shooting and a determined Hoosiers team combined to sink Minnesota 69-50, the worst loss of the season for the Maroon and Gold.

The Gophers began Sunday's matchup with an Austin Hollins three-pointer followed by an Indiana turnover and another three, this time by Andre Hollins. In a matter of minutes, Minnesota had given up the lead to the Hoosiers and would never retain it.

Despite holding freshman sensation Cody Zeller to just seven points, the Gophers struggled to make easy shots, allowing Indiana to comfortably extend their lead throughout the game. Minnesota shot a dismal 31 percent from the field on 18-of-58 shooting. Austin Hollins was the only bright spot for the Gophers as he scored a team-high 14 points on 4-of-8 shooting from the field and 3-of-5 from beyond the arc.

Player of the game: The most consistent player on both end of the floor was Indiana forward Christian Watford. Watford had a team-high 12 points that included a perfect 7-of-7 from the free throw line. He also added six rebounds, one block, one assists and one turnover. On the defensive end, Watford had to guard many of Minnesota's top scoring threats including Rodney Williams, Ralph Sampson III and Andre Hollins. These three Gophers combined for just 13 points in the game.

Stat of the game: Senior Ralph Sampson had one of his worst offensive performances of the season as he totaled just four point on 1-of-11 shooting from the field. Sampson had good looks but was unable to get the roll on his shot attempts.

What did we learn: The Gophers have not given up in their games this year, staying competitive in most of their contests, even against top competition. In the second half, Minnesota looked lackadaisical and frustrated that the ball was not falling their way, leading to easy scores by the Hoosiers. The Gophers will have to rebound mentally as they face the rival Wisconsin Badgers on Tuesday evening.


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