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Hollins scores 20; Walker hits late free throws to help Minnesota beat Iowa 64-59

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IOWA CITY, Iowa — Maurice Walker sank two free throws with 11 seconds left to help Minnesota beat Iowa 64-59 on Thursday night.

Walker finished with seven points on 1-of-5 shooting, but went 5 of 6 from the line.

Andre Hollins led Minnesota (16-9, 5-7 Big Ten) with 20 points, making 7 of 14 from the field.

Iowa (15-9, 6-5) came within two points with 20 seconds left after Jarrod Uthoff sank two free throws. But Minnesota's Nate Mason made 1 of 2 from the line with 19 seconds left and Walker sealed it.

Uthoff finished with 17 points and seven boards for Iowa.

Minnesota, winners of three straight, snapped the Hawkeyes' two-game winning streak. The Gophers shot just 40 percent from the field, making just 23 of 57 shots, including a 6 of 19 from behind the arc.

In the first 10 minutes, Iowa made six of its first 13 shots. Minnesota sank 5 of 15 and missed all five of its 3-point shots.

Iowa led 15-11 after an Adam Woodbury mid-range jumper with 9:21 left. It would be the last bucket for the Hawkeyes for eight-plus minutes.

Minnesota, meanwhile, scored nine straight for a 20-15 lead, and entered halftime up 23-19.

PHOTO: Minnesota coach Richard Pitino reacts during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Iowa, Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015, in Iowa City, Iowa. Minnesota won 64-59. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
Minnesota coach Richard Pitino reacts during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Iowa, Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015, in Iowa City, Iowa. Minnesota won 64-59. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

The Hawkeyes regained the lead, a 31-30 advantage, with 13:30 to play in the second half. Then, with a little over eight minutes to play, Aaron White's alley-oop dunk gave Minnesota a 41-39 lead.

The Gophers scored nine of the next 12 points for a 50-42 lead, and held a 57-50 lead with less than two minutes to play. Iowa closed to within three points with 55 seconds left, then came within two after Uthoff's free throws.

Mike Gesell turned the ball over with 11 seconds left, then fouled immediately after and Walker went to the line to clinch the win.


TIP-INS

Minnesota: Andre Hollins continued his hot stretch against Big Ten competition with 20 points, three rebounds and three assists. The senior has scored in double figures in nine of 12 conference games this season.

Iowa: Aaron White's eight boards pushed him past Acie Earl for sixth all-time in career rebounding at Iowa. White now has 813 career boards.

UP NEXT

Iowa visits Northwestern on Sunday.

Minnesota visits Indiana on Sunday.

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PHOTO: Iowa guard Anthony Clemmons, left, and Minnesota guard Andre Hollins watch the ball during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015, in Iowa City, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
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