Indiana 86, Minnesota 81 OT
MINNEAPOLIS (AP)—Bracey Wright scored 22 points and A.J. Moye added 20, including six in overtime, as Indiana beat Minnesota 86-81 on Saturday to send the Gophers to their fifth-straight Big Ten loss.
The Hoosiers (10-6, 4-1 Big Ten) led by as many as 18 points in the first half and survived a furious Gophers rally to remain tied atop the Big Ten standings.
Indiana, which outscored Minnesota 11-6 in overtime, had lost five straight at Williams Arena dating back to 1996.
Sean Kline scored 13 points in the second half for Indiana. George Leach scored a season-high 12 points, all in the first half, and Marshall Strickland also had 12 for the Hoosiers.
Kris Humphries scored 24 points for the Gophers (8-9, 0-5) but finished 7-for-26 and missed two crucial free throws late in overtime.
Humphries hit all 10 of his previous free throws, but missed two with Indiana leading 81-77 with 1:46 to go. Wright then deflated the Gophers and the crowd with a pretty spin move in the lane. He took Ben Johnson off the dribble, spun around Michael Bauer and laid in his shot to make it 83-79.
Strickland added two more free throws. Johnson hit a jumper for Minnesota with 10.5 seconds left and Indiana sank another foul shot.
After a horrible start, Minnesota looked like it was on its way to its first Big Ten win.
The Gophers ripped off a 24-8 run spanning both halves. Adam Boone hit a three with 10:36 to go in regulation to give Minnesota its first lead at 55-54.
But Kline went 6-for-7 from the field to help Indiana regain the lead.
Johnson nailed a pull-up jumper to cut Indiana’s lead to 74-73 with just over a minute to play in regulation. But Indiana got an offensive rebound on its next possession and Donald Perry hit the second of two free throws to give the Hoosiers a 75-73 lead with 21.5 seconds left.
After a time-out, Humphries banked in a runner in the lane to tie the game with 11.1 seconds to play and the Hoosiers couldn’t get off a clean shot on their final possession, sending the game to overtime.
Indiana jumped out to a quick 14-2 lead. The Hoosiers used good ball movement to get some close looks, which clearly helped Leach inside. Leach went 6 of 8 in the first half and the Hoosiers hit 13 of their first 17 shots.
Minnesota’s shots, meanwhile, kept falling short. Humphries missed 11 of his 13 first-half shots.