Iowa holds off shorthanded Minnesota

Minneapolis, Minnesota — Iowa avoided a second half meltdown in the Twin Cities.

Gary Dolphin and Bobby Hansen on the Hawkeye Network. The Hawkeyes had a 23 point lead cut to three but held on to beat shorthanded Minnesota 81-71. The Gophers were missing several players due to injury and illness.

That’s Iowa coach Fran McCaffery. The Hawkeyes raced out to a 43-27 lead at halftime and appeared as though they would cruise to the win before Minnesota roared back.

It was Iowa’s first Big Ten road win as the Hawkeyes improve to 3-3 in the league race.

Keegan Murray had 25 points and 10 rebounds and center Filip Rebraca had a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds. He says the Hawkeyes took control early with solid defense.

Rebraca says the Gophers gained confidence as they made their second half run.

The Hawkeyes are 13-4 overall and visit Rutgers Wednesday night.

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