Gophers' struggles continue in 83-68 loss to Iowa

Iowa entered their game versus the Gophers struggling from the outside and the charity stripe. However, those problems were not evident as they defeated Minnesota 83-68 on the road. Iowa lost their previous game to Northwestern and had won just two of their last six. The Hawkeyes were also missing two key reserves due to academics, and starting center Jared Reiner was slowed by a foot injury. But the Gophers' shooting woes and so-so defense cost them as they fell to 0-2 in conference play.

Minnesota opened an early 15-11 lead at the 14:37 mark on a three-pointer by Michael Bauer. The Hawkeyes went on a 10-0 run over the next five minutes to go up 21-15. The teams traded baskets until Iowa opened its largest lead of the half at 32-21 on a Jeff Horner three with 5:39 left in the half. A three-pointer by Stan Gaines with 44 seconds remaining made the score 34-28 at the half.


Minnesota shot just 34.4% from the field in the first half, while Iowa made 59.1% of their shots.


Adam Boone made a three-pointer and Kris Humphries stole a Pierre Pierce pass and went coast to coast for a dunk to pull Minnesota to 36-33 at the 17:05 mark of the second half. However, the Hawkeyes went on another 10-0 run to go ahead 46-33. They pulled ahead and expanded the lead to 20 points at 64-44 with 6:15 left in the game. Minnesota tried to rally and cut the lead to nine at 73-64, but Iowa made eight of nine from the line down the stretch to preserve the victory.


The Golden Gophers forced 20 Hawkeye turnovers and had a season-high 13 steals. However, Iowa made 32 of 41 (78%) free throws in the game. They entered the contest, making just 65.1% from the line. Iowa had a 38-26 rebounding edge and outboarded the Gophers 23-9 in the second half.


Kris Humphries led Minnesota with 17 points and eight rebounds but saw his eight-game streak of 20-plus point games come to an end. Adam Boone added 13 points and five assists. They were the two lone Gophers to reach double figures


Horner finished with a career-high 23 points and made 10 of 11 free throws. Brody Boyd also added 15 points for Iowa. Sean Sonderleiter, who started for Reiner, had 12 points. Reiner and Glen Worley scored 11 points each off the bench.


Minnesota continues Big Ten play at Ohio State on Saturday afternoon. The Buckeyes are also 0-2 and 8-7 overall. The two teams are currently at the botton on the Big Ten standings.



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