Minnesota 65, Iowa 57
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) _ Tommy Davis scored 18 points, including a crucial three-point play late in the game, as surprising Minnesota knocked off No. 19 Iowa 65-57 Saturday in Big Ten basketball.
The upset left both Minnesota and Iowa 2-1 in the conference.
Minnesota beat sixth-ranked Illinois 10 days ago at Williams Arena, and Saturday entertained a soldout crowd of 17,344 with another shocker.
Nine points by Davis and icy Iowa shooting enabled the Gophers to open a 31-22 halftime lead. The Hawkeyes shot only 36 percent in the first half, compared to Minnesota’s 52 percent accuracy.
Iowa cut Minnesota’s 11-point lead early in the second half down to 39-36 when Andre Banks hit a jump shot. That was the closest the Hawkeyes came.
Iowa pulled within 47-43 when Greg Stokes scored two free throws with 3:50 to go. But in the next 44 seconds, Minnesota scored seven straight points on a basket from backup center Paul Van Den Einde, Davis’ three-point play and two free throws from Marc Wilson to go ahead 54-43.
On Davis’ three-point play, backcourt mate Wilson drove down court on a breakaway layup but missed, banging the shot off the front of the rim. The alert Davis grabbed the rebound, was fouled and converted the free throw.
Stokes led Iowa with 21 points, while Michael Payne grabbed 16 Hawkeye rebounds.
John Shasky, Minnesota’s 7-foot center, added 14 points.
Minnesota boosted its overall record to 9-4, while the defeat leaf Iowa at 13-3.