Hoosiers outlast Gophers in 70-63 win #iubb

MINNEAPOLIS — Across its month-long winning streak, Indiana has produced a handful of victories that have been neither pretty nor indicative of its firepower.

Consider Saturday as another example.

It was sloppy, offensively unbecoming and, at times, difficult to stomach, but the Hoosiers managed to escape its matinee at Williams Arena with a 70-63 victory over Minnesota.

They did so despite modest and uneven offensive production from their starting lineup. Yogi Ferrell scored 20 points, but shot 6-for-17 and saw a few of his attempts roll in and out of the rim. Ferrell also added seven assists for IU, which has now won 10 consecutive games and remains atop the early Big Ten standings with five wins within the conference.

Indiana received help off the bench from Nick Zeisloft and Max Bielfeldt, who combined for 25 points. Zeisloft, who finished with 15 of those points, came through especially clutch while draining a sequence of 3-pointers to help Indiana to a 34-34 halftime tie.

IU trailed for much of the first half, and didn’t secure its first lead until 1:18 mark of the period, when a 13-3 run put the Hoosiers ahead 33-32.

Although Minnesota had allowed its first five conference opponents to shoot 60 percent from inside the arc, the Hoosiers settled for and forced shots from long range early in the afternoon.

Eventually, those shots started falling.

Credit Zeisloft for giving the Hoosiers a jolt. In the span of two minutes, Zeisloft connected on four consecutive shots from deep to get Indiana within one at 21-20 midway through the period.

Indiana unknotted the halftime tie and built a lead that grew to as many as eight points midway through the second period. The Hoosiers never trailed over the final 14 minutes, withstanding poor offensive play and a couple late punches thrown by Minnesota.

But the Gophers fit their description as one of the Big Ten’s worst teams, going 19-for-30 at the free throw line and committing 14 turnovers and allowing Indiana to 12 offensive rebounds.

Although IU had 13 turnovers of its own, the Hoosiers didn’t have any over the final 16:34 of regulation.

This story will be updated.

5 comments

  1. Great win! On the road with a load of home cooking! They showed heart and determination and never stopped.

  2. Thank goodness that the Gophers couldn’t take advantage of the refs charity. BTW I thought ND was in a rebuild mode; even the great Coach Kranky blows one on occasion. Boo hoo.

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