Team Effort Results In Hoosiers Win Against Minnesota, 65-60
Jan. 17, 2008
Eric Gordon hit two free throws with 31 seconds left and Stemler added two more charity tosses as the Hoosiers came up huge to extend Indiana's winning streak to 11 games, their longest since a 13-game streak in 1992-93.
But Jordan Crawford scored 14 of his 16 points in the first half as Indiana matched its best start since 1996-97.
Dan Coleman had 15 points and seven rebounds for the feisty Gophers (12-4, 2-2), but they scored just 16 points off all those Hoosiers turnovers and missed 10 free throws.
The Gophers went on a 9-0 run, holding Indiana scoreless for nearly eight minutes, to take a 56-52 lead with 6:50 to go and led 60-58 on a reverse layup by Spencer Tollackson with 1:49 left.
But Stemler came back with a 3-pointer from the top of the key, and the Hoosiers closed it out at the free throw line to keep new Gophers coach Tubby Smith stuck on 399 career victories.
Despite getting off to the best start since 2004-05, the Gophers still had a lot to prove coming into this game. They have yet to beat a quality opponent, though they did play Michigan State tough in a six-point loss in East Lansing on Jan. 5.
The place went crazy when McKenzie split a double team and knocked down a leaner in the lane to give the Gophers an 8-3 lead early.
Yet the Hoosiers hung right in there, thanks in large part to Crawford's sharp shooting. After air-balling his first shot of the game, Crawford hit his next four 3-pointers, including three during a 17-0 run that gave Indiana a 38-27 lead with 2:20 to play.
After taking advantage of Penn State's horrendous foul shooting to squeak out a win at Penn State last weekend, the Gophers returned the favor against Indiana. They were just 3-for-10 from the line in the first half and just 38 percent from the field and trailed 40-32 at the break.
Many ranked Hoosiers squads have come into this building and lost. They were ranked 25th in a loss here in 2002, ninth in 2000, fourth in 1992 and 12th in 1990.
These ninth-ranked Hoosiers rode an overwhelming 42-26 advantage on the boards to their third conference road victory of the season.
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