BTN.com staff, January 12, 2012
Minnesota survived a furious second-half comeback effort by Indiana in Bloomington to beat the Hoosiers 77-74 to win the Gophers' first conference game of the season. Cody Zeller led Indiana with 23 points and eight rebounds. Have you seen our "Best of Gus Johnson" video calls yet? We've got some good ones from tonight. Earlier in another conference game, Ben Brust went 4-of-7 from the field and led five Wisconsin players in double digits with 13 points as the Badgers defeated Purdue 67-62.
And we definitely be continued our ongoing feature "Did You See This?' where BTN.com editors keep their eyes peeled for stellar moments from games like these dunks by Zach Novak, Draymond Green, and Jermaine Marshall. And let's not forget Brandon Paul's amazing performance. On Thursday night we looked off the court and found two celebrity faces in the crowd. Who were they? Find out now.
Minnesota 77, Indiana 74: BOX | RECAP | SCOREBOARD
FINAL: Cody Zeller led No. 8 Indiana with 23 points and eight rebounds, but it was not enough as the Hoosiers fell to Minnesota 77-74 Thursday at Assembly Hall in Bloomington. Minnesota (13-5) built a 11-point advantage on a field goal by Rodney Williams midway through the second half, but nearly blew it. Austin Hollins sparked the Golden Gophers, as he had 18 points and went 7-of-10 from the field in the victory. Minnesota hit 47 percent of its field goals (29-of-62). The Golden Gophers were able to secure second chance opportunities, grabbing 16 offensive boards. More Minnesota scoring came from Julian Welch, who scored 10 and Williams, who scored 14. Will Sheehey had a quality shooting game, nailing 5-of-7 shots from the field and scoring 12 points. Indiana (15-2) gave itself second chances during the game, snatching 12 offensive rebounds. The Hoosiers also got double-digit efforts from Victor Oladipo, who scored 10 and Jordan Hulls, who scored 13.
HALFTIME: Minnesota leads 37-34 over No. 8 Indiana at the half thanks to solid production from Ralph Sampson III, who has two points and four rebounds. The Golden Gophers led 29-20 when the Hoosiers went on a 10-0 run to take a 30-29 lead. Indiana has been effective inside, making 9-of-17 two-point field goals, but the Hoosiers have struggled on the perimeter, shooting 13 percent (1-of-8) from three-point range. Indiana applied the pressure in the first half, earning second-chance opportunities with six offensive rebounds, to just four for Minnesota. Nine Minnesota players scored in the first half. The Hoosiers' Will Sheehey had a big first half, with eight points.
Wisconsin 67, Purdue 62: BOX | RECAP | SCOREBOARD
FINAL: Ben Brust went 4-of-7 from the field and led five Wisconsin players in double digits with 13 points as the Badgers defeated Purdue 67-62 on Thursday at Mackey Arena in West Lafayette. Wisconsin also got double-digit contributions from Josh Gasser and Ryan Evans, who each scored 10 and Jordan Taylor and Mike Bruesewitz, who each scored 12. Taylor hauled in five rebounds and contributed five assists. Wisconsin (13-5), thanks to a field goal by Gasser, led by 18 points with 9:50 to go in the first half and yet nearly saw that lead disappear completely. Purdue (13-5) struggled shooting the ball in the game. The Boilermakers made 55 percent of their free throws (12-of-22) and they shot 34 percent (21-of-62) from the field. A 24-4 run allowed the Badgers to take an 18-point lead in the first. Evans capped the run off with a free throw to help the Badgers lead 34-22 at the half. Wisconsin shot 48 percent from the field (19-of-40). The Badgers were on fire from beyond the arc during the game, shooting 45 percent (9-of-20). Wisconsin shot 20-of-24 from the free throw line. Terone Johnson scored 16 points, pulled down five rebounds, and handed out four assists for Purdue in a losing effort. The Boilermakers also got a double-digit contribution from Robbie Hummel, who scored 13. Both teams grabbed 31 rebounds in the game.
HALFTIME: Josh Gasser scored nine points for Wisconsin as the Badgers lead Purdue 34-22 at the half. Leading 6-4, the Badgers went on a 16-0 run to open up a 22-4 advantage. Seven Purdue players scored in the half. The Boilermakers have found a way to neutralize Wisconsin's leading scorer, Jordan Taylor. Sitting with zero points, the senior is far below his 13.6 per game average this year. The Badgers shared the ball, finishing with seven assists on 11 field goals in the first half. Wisconsin got points from seven different players. Travis Carroll is putting together a nice game so far for Purdue. The sophomore has four points and six rebounds.
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