Iowa 66, Minnesota 62
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP)—Brody Boyd scored 16 points and made several key plays to help fend off a late rally in a 66-62 victory over Minnesota Saturday.
The Hawkeyes (15-10, 8-6 Big Ten) led by as many as 19 points midway through the second half when the Golden Gophers stormed back.
Minnesota’s Brent Lawson cut the lead to 58-54 when he scored in traffic down low with 4:44 to go. He missed the chance to cut it to three by missing the ensuing foul shot.
The Gophers’ (10-17, 2-13) comeback was aided by an Iowa shooting slump. The Hawkeyes went more than seven minutes without a field goal during a 16-1 Gopher run.
But Boyd, one of four seniors honored in their last regular season home game, helped stifle the comeback with a key steal and three free throws in the final minutes. He also had four steals and four assists in the game.
Minnesota, playing without Big Ten leading scorer Kris Humphries, got 16 points from Michael Bauer and 14 from Adam Boone. Humphries, averaging 22 points per game, injured his ankle earlier in the week and did not dress for the game.
Iowa also got 14 points from Jeff Horner. Greg Brunner scored 13 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. Iowa shot 55 percent in the first half but cooled in the second, hitting just 32 percent from the field after halftime.
Minnesota shot 38.6 percent, including 33.3 percent from 3-point range.
Iowa jumped out to an early lead, only to see the Gophers surge back behind Michael Bauer’s outside shooting. Bauer, who had 13 first-half points, scored eight straight in a two-minute span to give Minnesota a 22-17 lead with 10:29 to go.
But the Hawkeyes, who shot 55 percent in the first half, responded with a 15-0 run over the next six minutes and took a 39-30 lead at the half.