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No. 11 Minnesota 96, No. 15 Indiana 91, OT

January 9, 1997

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) _ No. 11 Minnesota saved its best for the closing minutes, hitting three 3-pointers in the final minute to send the game into overtime and then going on to a rare Big Ten road victory over No. 15 Indiana 96-91 Wednesday night.

Bobby Jackson had 26 points and Sam Jacobsen scored six of his 15 in overtime as the Gophers overcame a seven-point deficit in the final minute of regulation.

Minnesota (14-1, 3-0) trailed 79-72 before Eric Harris hit the first 3-pointer with 52 seconds to go. Neil Reed, who led Indiana with 19 points, hit two free throws with 48 seconds remaining and Jacobsen made the score 81-78 by connecting from beyond the arc with 39 seconds left.

Indiana (14-3, 1-2) was unable to inbound the ball and paid for the miscue when Jackson hit a 3-pointer. Andrae Patterson had a chance to put Indiana ahead again, but his shot was blocked by Quincy Lewis.

``We did not give up and that was the most important thing,″ Jackson said. ``We played with out hearts.″

Minnesota finished the game 8-of-14 from 3-point range after going 4-of-10 over the first 39 minutes.

``This team just refused to lose,″ Minnesota coach Clem Haskins said. ``Jacobsen did not have a good game, but he was outstanding in overtime. He just stepped up.″

``We got up by eight points and we played like we had the game won,″ said Indiana coach Bob Knight, who did not make his players available after the game. ``Minnesota is a very good basketball team. ... They are well set up. They have good patience. They work to get things. They work with each other. They’re a good team to play.″

Free throws had kept Indiana in the game. The Hoosiers made 35 of 40, while Minnesota was 14-of-20 from the line.

Jacobsen scored the first six points of the overtime before fouling out with 2:15 left. The Hoosiers managed to cut the deficit to 89-85 but Jackson hit another 3-pointer with 48 seconds to play just as the shot clock was running out. Reed’s 3-pointer cut the Indiana deficit to 91-88 with 40 seconds left, but the Hoosiers never got any closer.

Minnesota led by eight points four times in the first half before Indiana rallied to trail 34-33 at halftime. Indiana closed a half that had six lead changes and four ties with an 8-2 run over the final 2:43.

There were 13 lead changes and seven ties before Jacobsen’s heroics produced only the fourth Minnesota victory in 24 starts at Assembly Hall.

Indiana took its biggest lead of the night at 73-65 with 4:30 left in regulation, but saw its advantage fade with four turnovers. Indiana still led 73-65 when Courtney James missed two free throws for Minnesota with 3:30 to go. Quincy Lewis then made one free throw for the Gophers, who got the ball back on a steal by Harris and cut the deficit to 73-68 on a layup by Jackson.

In the remaining time, Indiana made only one field goal while turning the ball over on a five-second violation and a steal by James.

For the game, Indiana had 19 turnovers, which led to 22 Minnesota points. Minnesota also recorded a 47-32 rebounding advantage and outscored the Hoosiers 30-8 on second-chance opportunities.

Harris finished with 16 points. Patterson scored 17 for Indiana.