Quick thoughts on a 61-57 win at Minnesota:
How it happened
The circumstances on Wednesday in Minneapolis were abnormal. Mike Woodson didn’t make the trip due to a recent COVID-19 diagnosis. Minnesota’s leading scorer, Dawson Garcia, was out with an ankle injury. Empty seats were plentiful in the Williams Arena pregame. Indiana, a double-digit favourite, came out lacking focus. The Hoosiers turned the ball over five times in the first eight minutes. Minnesota got into the bonus quickly as IU struggled to defend straight line drives. By the six minute mark, Minnesota led 24-18. Indiana seemed to find its footing offensively the last six minutes as the Hoosiers scored 15 points to grab a 33-30 halftime advantage. Trayce Jackson-Davis had nine points and 11 rebounds in the first half, but was only 4-for-9 from the field. Malik Reneau led IU with 10 first half points.
It wasn’t a particularly strong start to the second half, but Indiana made enough plays to stretch the lead to seven at 45-38 on a Jackson-Davis bucket off a baseline out of bound play. The Hoosiers led 47-40 at the under 12 media timeout. Minnesota, however, had an answer. The Gophers scored the next seven points to tie it at 47, forcing Yasir Rosemond to take a timeout. Minnesota then took the lead at 50-49 on a Jamison Battle 3-pointer with 8:55 to play. Indiana, however, quickly retook the lead on a Trey Galloway 3-pointer with 8:28 to play. Minnesota took the lead again at 55-54 on a Battle 3-pointer with 6:22 to play. A dunk by Jackson-Davis with 2:22 remaining cut the Minnesota lead to 57-56.
With 43.7 seconds to play, Race Thompson split a pair of free throws to make it 57, but a Jackson-Davis offensive rebound on the free throw miss and subsequent putback gave IU a 59-57 lead. Ta’Lon Cooper missed a 3-pointer on the next Minnesota possession and Miller Kopp grabbed a loose ball and called timeout with just over 20 seconds to go. Minnesota then let the clock run down to 8.2 seconds to go before fouling Trey Galloway. Galloway made both to make it 61-57 and secure a fourth straight victory.
Jackson-Davis was dominant again, finishing with 25 points, 21 rebounds and six blocked shots. He became the program’s all-time blocked shots leader after tying Jeff Newton in the Michigan State game.
Statistic that stands out
Indiana finished the game on a 7-0 run and didn’t allow a Minnesota point over the final 3:20 of the contest.
Final IU individual statistics
Final tempo-free statistics
Assembly Call post game show
(Photo credit: IU Athletics)
Filed to: Minnesota Golden Gophers