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Associated Press, Published January 12 2012

Gophers score upset over No. 7 Indiana

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Austin Hollins scored a career-high 18 points to help Minnesota beat No. 7 Indiana 77-74 on Thursday night.

Indiana’s Christian Watford could have tied the score but he missed a

3-pointer in the closing seconds.

Rodney Williams scored 14 points and Julian Welch added 10 for the Golden Gophers (13-5, 1-4 Big Ten), who had lost four straight. Minnesota shot 6 of 13 on 3-pointers in the first half to take the lead, then maintained it by scoring in the paint and grabbing 12 offensive rebounds in the second half.

Indiana freshman Cody Zeller matched a season high with 23 points for the Hoosiers (15-2, 3-2). Jordan Hulls scored 13, Will Sheehey 12 and Victor Oladipo 10 for Indiana, which had won three straight.

The Hoosiers were 11-0 at home, including victories over then-No. 1 Kentucky and then-No. 2 Ohio State.

Minnesota had been close in three of its four Big Ten losses. The Gophers lost in overtime at Illinois, by five at Michigan and by two against Iowa.

Minnesota seemingly had Thursday’s game under control with a six-point lead and the ball in the final minute. But Zeller stole the inbounds pass, and a three-point play by Oladipo cut Minnesota’s lead to 71-68 with 40 seconds to play.

Minnesota’s Joe Coleman calmly sank two free throws with 39 seconds remaining before Sheehey drained a 3-pointer at the other end to cut Minnesota’s lead to 73-71 with 30 seconds left.

MINNESOTA (13-5): Williams 6-12 2-2 14, Sampson III 2-4 0-0 4, Welch 4-10 2-4 10, Coleman 1-4 4-5 6, Au. Hollins 7-10 2-2 18, An. Hollins 1-3 0-0 3, Osenieks 3-7 0-0 6, Ahanmisi 2-5 3-5 8, Armelin 2-6 0-0 6, Eliason 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 29-62 13-18 77.

INDIANA (15-2): Watford 1-7 2-2 4, Zeller 7-14 9-9 23, Hulls 4-9 4-4 13, Oladipo 4-6 2-4 10, Jones III 0-6 0-0 0, Sheehey 5-7 2-2 12, Abell 1-3 1-2 4, Pritchard 0-0 0-0 0, Roth 2-3 0-0 6, Elston 0-0 2-2 2. Totals 24-55 22-25 74.

Halftime_Minnesota 37-34. 3-Point Goals_Minnesota 6-17 (Au. Hollins 2-4, Armelin 2-4, Ahanmisi 1-2, An. Hollins 1-2, Welch 0-1, Osenieks 0-2, Williams 0-2), Indiana 4-18 (Roth 2-3, Abell 1-1, Hulls 1-5, Oladipo 0-1, Jones III 0-2, Sheehey 0-2, Watford 0-4). Fouled Out_Hulls, Williams. Rebounds_Minnesota 33 (Sampson III 8), Indiana 35 (Zeller 8). Assists_Minnesota 16 (Ahanmisi, Sampson III 4), Indiana 6 (Zeller 2). Total Fouls_Minnesota 25, Indiana 19. A_17,373.