Gophers defeat Indiana 73-71 for first road win

The Gophers got the elusive road win as they defeated Indiana 73-71 at Assembly Hall. Their last road win was nearly one year ago as they defeated Northwestern on February 19, 2003. Minnesota trailed by nine at the half, but finished the game with an 11-2 run in the last 3:32. Kris Humphries sealed the victory with two free throws with 17 seconds left. Humphries had a career-high 36 points and grabbed twelve rebounds. He scored 25 in the second half, including twelve of the team's last 15.

Minnesota went on a 14-2 run in 7:40 to take their largest lead of the game at 21-15. Indiana followed that with a 7-0 run to take a one point lead with 5 minutes left in the half. Indiana dominated the last three minutes of the half as they went on a 13-3 run and took their largest lead of the half at 39-30 at the intermission. There were eight lead changes and four ties in the first half. George Leach lead the Hoosiers with 17 first half points.

A.J. Moye gave the Hoosiers their largest lead of the game at 55-44 with 12:55 left. The Golden Gophers gradually cut the lead down and a three-pointer by Humphries made it 69-65 with 3:12 to remain. Moye's field goal put Indiana up by six at 71-65. However, Indiana would not score again.

Humphries hit a three-pointers with 43.9 seconds left to cut the margin to 71-68. Brent Lawson scored on a three point play to tie the game 71-71 after Stan Gaines forced a turnover at the other end of the court. The Hoosiers missed a three-pointer with 17 seconds left. Humphries grabbed the rebound and was fouled by George Leach. Humphries made both free throws to finalize the score 73-71. Indiana's Marshall Strickland had 3.6 seconds to get a final shot off and missed from the arc.

Humphries' career-high 36 points is the most points by a Golden Gopher since Quincy Lewis had 36 points versus Indiana on January 26, 1999. Humphries also shot 10-14 from the free throw line. Ben Johnson added eleven points for Minnesota.

Indiana struggled from the three-point line, making just two of 16 for the game and missing all nine attempts in the second half. Leach had a career-high 26 points and shot ten of 19 from the field. He also added eight rebounds. Moye had 15 points on six of nine shooting, while Wright and Strickland finished with 14 and 12 points, respectively.

Minnesota returns home for three of its final four games of the regular season. On Saturday, the Gophers play host to the Purdue Boilermakers at 1:30 at Williams Arena. The game can be seen locally on KSTP Channel 5.

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