No. 23 Minnesota sneaks past Iowa, 62-59

Austin Hollins hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 11.6 seconds left, lifting No. 23 Minnesota to a 62-59 victory over Iowa on Sunday afternoon. Hollins finished with 17 points to help the Gophers (17-5, 5-4 Big Ten) survive a rough second half and escape the scrappy Hawkeyes (14-8, 3-6).

With Minnesota trailing 59-57, the 6-foot-4 Hollins came off a screen to get open in the corner on an inbounds play and made the shot over 6-foot-1 Mike Gesell. Hollins then hounded Gesell in the corner on the other end to force the ball out of bounds.

Andre Hollins, who had 15 points, made two free throws to stretch the lead to three, and Gesell’s tying attempt rolled off the front rim.

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FINAL: No. 23 Minnesota trailed in the waning moments of Sunday’s game, but took the lead for good on an Austin Hollins 3-pointer with 11 seconds remaining and hung on for a 62-59 triumph over Iowa at Williams Arena. Andre Hollins helped lead Minnesota (17-5) to victory, with 15 points, seven rebounds, and eight assists. Iowa (14-8) struggled shooting the ball in the game, going 59 percent (10-of-17) from the charity stripe and 36 percent (21-of-59) from the field. Joe Coleman was 6-of-7 from the floor and chipped in 12 points for Minnesota. The Golden Gophers, who tallied 16 assists on 22 baskets, received double-digit performances from Hollins (17 points) and Rodney Williams Jr. (10). Mike Gesell scored 11 points, grabbed eight rebounds, and contributed three assists for Iowa in a losing effort

HALFTIME: Austin Hollins has 11 points and four rebounds to lead No. 23 Minnesota to a 29-28 halftime lead over Iowa. Things could be worse for the Hawkeyes as the Golden Gophers led by as many as 12 with 15:09 left in the first half. Iowa put the clamps on Minnesota’s three-point game (1-of-8, 13 percent from long range), while the Golden Gophers shot 59 percent in the first half on two-point field goals. The Hawkeyes, who shot 33 percent, recorded an assist on all 10 of their buckets. They also grabbed 13 rebounds, compared to eight for Minnesota. The Hawkeyes’ Zach McCabe already has seven points.

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