Minnesota 62, Iowa 45
Trevor Mbakwe scored 22 of his 24 points in the second half and
Minnesota snapped a four-game losing streak by pounding Iowa 62-45
Rodney Williams added 13 points for the Gophers (17-8, 6-7 Big
Ten), who put an end to their longest skid under coach Tubby Smith
by dominating the once-surging Hawkeyes.
Minnesota erased an early deficit with a 24-6 run to end the
first half. Mbakwe’s layup and jumper pushed the Gophers’ lead to
38-23, and Minnesota extended the margin to 48-27 with 8:01 to
Bryce Cartwright had 11 points and seven assists to lead Iowa
(10-15, 3-10), which shot just 34 percent from the floor and 21
percent (6 of 28) from 3-point range.