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Minnesota holds on at IU

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Austin Hollins scored a career-high 18 to help Minnesota beat No. 7 Indiana 77-74 Thursday night.

Indiana's Christian Watford missed a 3-pointer that would have tied it in the closing seconds.

Rodney Williams scored 14 and Julian Welch added 10 for the Golden Gophers (13-5, 1-4 Big Ten), who had lost four straight. Minnesota hit 6-of-13 3-pointers in the first half to take the lead, then maintained it with inside scoring and 12 offensive rebounds in the second half.

Freshman Cody Zeller matched a season high with 23 points for the Hoosiers (15-2, 3-2). Jordan Hulls scored 13, Will Sheehey 12 and Victor Oladipo 10 for Indiana, which had won three straight.

The Hoosiers were 11-0 at home this season, including victories over then-No. 1 Kentucky and then-No. 2 Ohio State.

Minnesota had been close in three of its four Big Ten losses. The Gophers lost in overtime at Illinois, by five at Michigan and by two at home against Iowa.

Minnesota seemingly had the game under control with a six-point lead and the ball in the final minute. But Zeller stole the inbounds pass, and a three-point play by Oladipo made it 71-68 with 40 seconds to play.

Minnesota's Joe Coleman hit two free throws with 39 seconds left, then Sheehey's 3-pointer made it 73-71 with 30 seconds left. Coleman hit two free throws, and Zeller's three-point play with 17.3 seconds left cut the Gophers' lead to 75-74.

Minnesota's Ryan Hollins made two free throws with 15.1 seconds left. Watford missed a 3 and Minnesota rebounded. After two missed free throws with two seconds left, Watford's pass was intercepted at halfcourt and time expired.

No. 15 Murray St. 66, Jacksonville St. 55: Donte Poole had 21 points and three steals to send the host Racers (17-0, 5-0 Ohio Valley) to the best start in school history. Murray State, No. 1 Syracuse and No. 4 Baylor are the remaining undefeated teams in Division I. With 40 seconds left fans chanted, "Undefeated!"

BC 59, Clemson 57: Dennis Clifford hit a tiebreaking jumper in the lane with 42 seconds left and finished with 15 points for the host Eagles (6-10, 1-1 ACC). Lonnie Jackson had 14 points and Clifford added seven rebounds for Boston College. Andre Young led the Tigers (9-7, 1-1) with 12 points.

Wisconsin 67, purdue 62: The Badgers (13-5, 2-3 Big Ten) ended a three-game skid and stopped the 26-game home winning streak for the Boilermakers (13-5, 3-2). "When the ball is going down, it wasn't like there was any magic, anything said differently," Badgers coach Bo Ryan said.

IOWA: Coach Fran McCaffery said he has no regrets about slamming a chair during an outburst during Tuesday's blowout loss at Michigan State. The tirade started after he was called for a technical foul while Iowa was losing 69-41. Berating his players, McCaffery picked up a folding chair and slammed it on the court. He says he's going to continue to "coach with passion" and fight for his players.

Texas Tech: Coach Billy Gillispie suspended freshman Terran Petteway for a game after he elbowed a Kansas player during a loss Wednesday. Petteway was ejected after he elbowed Conner Teahan with about five minutes left in the first half. He received a technical foul earlier when he appeared to touch a Jayhawk inbounding the ball. Petteway will miss Saturday's game at Texas A&M.


No. 13 miami 75, no. 5 MD. 63: Riquna Williams scored 34 and the host Hurricanes (14-3, 3-1 ACC) defeated a top-five team for the first time. The Terrapins (16-1, 3-1) were held 21 points below their average of 84.4, best in the nation.

No. 9 UK 61, No. 6 Tenn. 60: A'dia Mathies drove the lane and scored with 4.2 seconds left to finish with a career-high 34 points and the host Wildcats (15-2, 4-0 SEC) snapped the 36-game conference winning streak of the Vols (12-4, 3-1). Kentucky drew up a play for the winner that it had not used this season, designed to clear out for Mathies to go one on one. "We didn't have an answer for her; it didn't start with the last shot," Tennessee associate head coach Holly Warlick said. "She was outstanding. My hat's off to her."

No. 11 Ohio St. 82, N'western 72: Tayler Hill scored 19 of her 24 in the second half as the host Buckeyes (16-1, 3-1 Big Ten) pulled away.

No. 14 Wis.-Green Bay 68, Wright State 50: The visiting Phoenix (14-0, 4-0 Horizon) tied a school record with its 34th straight regular-season victory.

No. 15 Nebraska 75, Wis. 69: Lindsey Moore scored 28 for the visiting Cornhuskers (15-1, 4-0 Big Ten).

No. 17 Purdue 72, Minn. 55: Brittany Rayburn tied an NCAA women's record with 12 3-pointers and scored 38 for the visiting Boilermakers (14-3, 4-0 Big Ten). Rayburn was 12-for-16, all from beyond the arc, to tie the mark set by Louisiana State's Cornelia Gayden in 1995.

No. 19 Georgia 61, Florida 55: The host Bulldogs (14-3, 3-1 SEC) led for almost the last 36 minutes — by as much as 15— and held off the Gators (11-6, 1-3). Florida attempted 24 more shots than Georgia but hit only 22-of-66. Jennifer George led UF with 15 points and eight rebounds.

No. 20 Del. 69, NC-Wilmington 37: Elena Delle Donne scored 23 for the host Blue Hens (13-1 overall, 4-0 Colonial).

Clemson 52, No. 22 UNC 47: The visiting Tigers (5-10, 1-3 ACC) held the Tar Heels (12-4, 2-2) to a season low in scoring and denied Sylvia Hatchell her 600th win at North Carolina.

LSU 58, No. 24 S. Carolina 48: The host Tigers rallied from a 10-point second-half deficit to beat the Gamecocks (14-3, 3-1 SEC).

Minnesota holds on at IU 01/12/12 [Last modified: Thursday, January 12, 2012 11:16pm]
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