No. 1/1 Indiana Falls at Minnesota, 77-73
Feb. 26, 2013
MINNEAPOLIS - Senior Jordan Hulls led three Hoosiers in double-digits with 17 points, but it wasn't enough as the No. 1/1 Indiana men's basketball team suffered a tough loss at Minnesota, 77-73, on Tuesday, Feb. 26.
The Hoosiers (24-4, 12-3) were led by Hulls, who sank 5-of-7 from the 3-point line and 6-of-9 from the field for his 17 points. Junior Victor Oladipo tallied 16 points, to go along with five rebounds, two assists and a block, and freshman Kevin (Yogi) Ferrell added 10 points, five assists, four rebounds and a steal.
Sophomore Cody Zeller registered nine points, seven rebounds, three steals and one assist. Senior Christian Watford recorded eight points, including a pair of 3's in the closing seconds, and junior Will Sheehey added eight points, three rebounds, two assists, two blocks and a steal off the bench.
The Gophers (19-9, 7-8) jumped out to an early 16-11 lead, only to see the Hoosiers answer with 10-0 run, capped off by a pair of 3's from Hulls and Oladipo to take a 20-16 lead with 12:38 on the clock. Minnesota answered with an 11-7 run of their own to tie the game at 27-27 with 7:03 to go in the first half. A dunk from Derek Elston followed by free throws from Oladipo and a 3 from Hulls gave IU a five-point edge, 34-29, at the 1:14 mark. A free throw from Minnesota's Maurice Walker cut the Hoosiers' lead to four at the break, 34-30.
Trevor Mbakwe put the Gophers on the board first in the second half with back-to-back baskets, but a 10-2 Indiana run gave the Hoosiers a 44-36 lead with 15:42 to play. Minnesota used a 15-4 run to regain a 51-48 lead at the 8:51 mark. Indiana battled back to tie the game up twice more and cut an 7-point Gopher lead to three on a 3 from Hulls, but Minnesota was able to hold on for the 77-73 win.
The Hoosiers shot 42.3 percent (22-of-52) from the field, 39.1 percent (9-of-23) from 3 and 83.3 percent (20-of-24) from the free throw line on the night. Minnesota won the battle on the boards, 44-30. Indiana outscored the Gophers on the break, 15-12, and netted eight points off of 10 Minnesota turnovers.
Indiana returns to action on Saturday, March 2, when it plays host to Iowa at 7:30 p.m. ET in Assembly Hall. Saturday's game will air live on the Big Ten Network and the IU Radio Network.
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