Indiana 71, Minnesota 59
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP)—D.J. White scored 17 points, Roderick Wilmont added 16 and Indiana held off Minnesota in the second half for a 71-59 victory over the slumping Gophers on Wednesday night.
Wilmont had 13 of his points in the first half as the Hoosiers (18-8, 8-5 Big Ten) built their lead to as many as 13 points. But Indiana went cold in the second period, missing 13 of its first 16 shots, and Minnesota (9-10, 3-11) slowly pulled back into the game.
A 3-pointer by Lawrence McKenzie capped a 9-2 run that brought the Gophers to 50-48 with just over 11 minutes to go.
Wilmont then hit one of two free throws, reserve Joey Shaw hit a 3-pointer and Armon Bassett and White scored again to push Indiana’s lead back to 10 five minutes later. The Hoosiers went up 66-54 with a pair of free throws by Shaw with 3 minutes left, and the Gophers came no closer than nine points the rest of the way.
A.J. Ratliff added 10 points for the Hoosiers. McKenzie, a transfer who played for Indiana coach Kelvin Sampson when he was at Oklahoma, and Dan Coleman each had 20 points for the Gophers. No one else scored more than eight.
Wilmont, who had taken only five 3-point attempts and made just two in the past three games, hit three from long range in the first half to help Indiana to its big early lead.
The Gophers, losing their sixth straight game and 11th in the last 13, had more free throws than field goals through the first 12 minutes of the game. Wilmont’s second 3-point basket put Indiana up 23-13, and the Hoosiers took their biggest lead minutes later at 30-17 on another trey by Ratliff.
Minnesota made a brief comeback when Wilmont went to the bench late in the first half, and a basket by Coleman, two free throws by McKenzie and a rebound basket by Spencer Tollackson brought Minnesota to 37-32. Wilmont then re-entered the game during a quick Indiana timeout and popped another 3-pointer at the buzzer to give the Hoosiers a 40-32 halftime lead.