Horner leads Iowa to victory Minnesota
Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) – Jeff Horner scored 26 points, grabbed six
rebounds, dished out six assists and had five steals to lead 20th-ranked Iowa
over Minnesota, 67-57, in quarterfinal action of the Big Ten Tournament at
Horner hit 8-of-13 shots from the floor, including 6-of-9 from beyond the arc,
for the second-seeded Hawkeyes (23-8), who will next face the winner of the
Michigan State-Illinois game in the semifinal round on Saturday.
Greg Brunner added 16 points for Iowa, which used a late run to win its third
Vincent Grier had 29 points on 13-of-24 shooting for the 10th-seeded Golden
Gophers (15-14), who defeated seventh-seeded Michigan in the first round on
Thursday but still fell for the fourth time in five games.
After Grier nailed a jumper that gave the Gophers a 45-41 lead with 10:57 left,
the Hawkeyes scored seven straight points during a 17-4 run that gave the team
Horner’s three-pointer during the surge gave Iowa the lead for good, 46-45,
with 9:47 left. Horner and Brunner combined for 10 points during the run,
which was capped by a Mike Henderson trey with 4:58 left for a 58-49 cushion.
Minnesota later got within six points, 61-55, on a Grier jumper with 2:18
left, but the Hawkeyes scored the next four points to go ahead by double
digits and coast to the finish.
Henderson ended with five points for the Hawkeyes, who are seeking their first
Big Ten Tournament title since 2001.
The first half was closely contested with the game going into the break tied
Adam Boone was the second leading scorer for the Golden Gophers with just nine
points…Iowa and Minnesota split the regular season series…Erek Hansen had
nine points, eight rebounds and three blocks for Iowa.