MINNEAPOLIS — Spectrum Keegan Murray scored 25 points and 10 rebounds and Iowa State withstood a furious comeback from Minnesota to beat Golden Gophers 81-71 on Sunday.
Murray sank 11 of 17 shots from the ground in making his fourth double-double of the season for the Hawkeyes (13-4, 3-3 Big Ten Conference). Jordan Bohannon, Patrick McCaffrey and Philip Rebraca scored 12 points for Iowa State, while Rebraca added 12 rebounds for his first double.
Payton Sandfort scored in the paint to push Iowa’s lead to 66-46 with 10:24 left and after the two teams exchanged baskets, Triton Thompson scored eight points in 22-6 innings to take Minnesota (10-5, 1-5) within 72. -68 With 2:47 left to play. The Jamison Battle 3-pointer pulled out the Golden Gophers within 74-71, but Murray answered with a 3 for Iowa with 59 seconds left and Bohannon made four free throws in the last 30 seconds.
Minnesota has been playing without assistant coaches and four players — Eric Carey, Sean Sutherlin, Danny O’Gill and Joey Kern — due to illness and COVID-19 health and safety protocols or injury. Eight Players Suit – Seven in scholarship. Last month, advertised Big Ten teams must have at least seven scholarship athletes and one coach available to compete in conference games.
AJ Stevens scored 24 points and played every 40 minutes for the Golden Gopher. The battle sank four three-pointers and scored 20. The duo combined for 29 of Minnesota’s 44 points in the second half.
The Hawkeyes, who ranked second in the country with an assist turnover rate of 1.92, and an average turnover rate of just 8.9 per game—the third best in the country—had 18 assists and eight turnovers.
Iowa State will travel to play Rutgers on Wednesday, while Minnesota will attempt to finish a four-game slip when it hits the road to play Penn State.
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