Minnesota knocks off No. 18 Iowa
Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) – Vincent Grier recorded 18 points and seven
rebounds to lead Minnesota over No. 18 Iowa, 74-61, in Big Ten action at
Adam Boone added 12 points for the Golden Gophers (13-10, 4-8 Big Ten), who
won for the third time in their past four games. Jamal Abushamala recorded 11
points while Zach Puchtel and Spencer Tollackson each tallied 10 in the win.
Greg Brunner paced the Hawkeyes (20-7, 9-4) with 17 points and seven boards.
Jeff Horner also reached double figures with 13 points and six assists while
Adam Haluska had nine points.
The Gophers closed the opening frame with an 8-0 spurt to take a 38-29 lead
into intermission. Tollackson buried a jumper and then found Grier alone for
an easy lay-in. Grier then followed with another jumper and Boone finished the
burst with a lay-up.
Minnesota continued to keep Iowa at arm’s length at the beginning of the
second half. Boone’s trey with under 13 minutes to go put the Gophers up
Iowa finally awoke over the next three minutes with a 10-0 run to take back
the advantage, 51-50. Haluska started things with a pair from the charity
stripe. After a Thomas dunk and a Horner three, Haluska finished the burst
with three more from the line.
Minnesota finally broke the string when Grier stuck a jumper that fueled a 9-2
burst. Abushamala finished the run with a triple that made it 59-53 with just
over six minutes left.
Iowa made one last run. Erek Hansen’s dunk drew the Hawkeyes to within three,
61-58, with under four minutes to go but Minnesota had the answer.
J’son Stamper got loose for a lay-in and Abushamala hit a pair from the
charity stripe to extend the lead back to seven, 65-58, with two minutes
Minnesota was solid from the line down the stretch and eased toward the
Minnesota is now 11-4 at home while Iowa is just 4-6 on the road…Minnesota
leads the all-time series, 94-85…The Gophers dominated the boards,
30-20…Minnesota shot 50 percent from the field while Iowa could manage just