Hoosiers Win Over Minnesota In OT
January 24, 2004Minneapolis, Minn. - After squandering an eight-point halftime lead, the Indiana Hoosiers rebounded to pick up an, 86-81 overtime victory over Minnesota. The Hoosiers improve to 10-6 on the year and 4-1 in the Big Ten. Minnesota falls to 8-9 overall and 0-5 in the conference.
Bracey Wright scored 22 points and hit the jumper with four seconds remaining on the shot clock to ensure the win for Indiana in overtime. A.J. Moye had 20 points, Sean Kline had 13 points and Marshall Strickland and George Leach were the other Hoosiers in double figures with 12 each.
As the clock began to get closer to the one-minute mark it appeared Indiana was going on to victory, when Ben Johnson made a lay-up for Minnesota to pull within one. After a foul that sent Donald Perry to the line, the Hoosiers went up by two, 75-73. Kris Humphries then tied the game at 75 all with 11 seconds to send the game into overtime.
Indiana jumped out first in overtime as Moye collected the first six points for the Hoosiers. But, it was Wright who made a jumper with four seconds remaining on the shot clock to give Indiana an 83-79 advantage with just over 30 seconds remaining to salt the game away for the Hoosiers. Strickland would go to the line to put the Hoosiers up 85-79. Ben Johnson then hit a shot with 10 seconds left, but it would not be enough as Donald Perry scored the final point on a free throw to give Indiana the 86-81 victory.
Indiana appeared as though it would cruise to victory as it led the entire first half. The Hoosiers led by as many as 18 before Minnesota began to close the gap right before the end of the first stanza with a 10-0 run to send Indiana into halftime with only a 42-34 lead. The Hoosiers shot 58.6 percent in the first half, while holding Minnesota to 32.5 percent.
The Golden Gophers opened the second half on a 12-6 run during the first five minutes. Minnesota took the lead for the first time in the game at 55-54, with just over nine minutes remaining in the contest. Indiana would regain the lead on a Sean Kline basket from the paint, and would maintain the lead until the five-minute mark. In the closing five minutes the greatest the lead reached was four for Minnesota, 69-65. Just inside the two-minute mark, Indiana regained the lead on two Marshall Strickland free throws.
Indiana finished the game shooting 46.4 percent, but was hampered by making only 65 percent from the free throw line at 13-of-20. The Hoosiers were able to stay within one in rebounds, 46-47, with Kline leading the way with nine. Strickland also helped the Hoosiers to victory with four assists and six rebounds.
The Hoosiers return to action when they host Big Ten rival Purdue at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 27. The game will be televised live by ESPN. The game can be heard live on the Indiana Basketball Radio Network and worldwide on www.iuhooisers.com with Don Fisher and Todd Leary calling all the action.
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