Observations from Wednesday's 63-59 Loss at Iowa

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Missing a Chance to Even Things Up
A win would have put the Golden Gophers at .500 in three categories. But with tonight's loss, they are now 4-6 in Big Ten play, 3-4 in road games, and 0-2 against Iowa this season.

Success Behind the Arc
One positive statistic from tonight's tough loss is Minnesota's 10-for-19 three-point shooting performance. This was the first time all season that the Gophers made 10 or more triples. The last time they accomplished that feat was when they shot 10-for-23 against Michigan State in the 2010 Big Ten Tournament. Tonight, Julian Welch and Austin Hollins each made three, while four other Gophers added one apiece.
Go Gophers! Welch shooting
Go Gophers!
Welch made three of the Gophers' 10 three-pointers.
Go Gophers!

Foul Trouble
Free throws played a large role in tonight's game. Free throw shooting was just about even in the first half (3-for-5 for Minnesota and 3-for-4 for Iowa), but the Hawkeyes had the advantage in the second period. An abundance of whistles against the Gophers put Iowa in the bonus before the first media timeout of the second half. During the half, Iowa made it to the line 22 times, connecting on 14 of those attempts. Minnesota did not draw as many fouls and finished just 6-for-9 during the second period.

A Little R & R
Ralph Sampson III and Rodney Williams Jr. were instrumental in the Gophers' comeback during the first half. Each had his own run of three consecutive field goals, and each scored seven points in the period, helping the Gophers claw back to lead by a score of 27-24 at halftime. Sampson made the Gophers' first three field goals for seven of their first eight points. Without their offense, the game would not have been competitive in the first half. Sampson ended up with 13 points for the game.

Swat Team
The Gophers added to their conference-leading block total, and Ralph Sampson III moved up on Minnesota's career blocks list. With a pair of swats tonight, Sampson claimed sole possession of third place in school history at 193 career blocks. He trails just Kevin McHale (235) and Randy Breuer (229). As a team, the Gophers have piled up 126 blocks so far this season (5.5 per game). They led the Big Ten in that category the past three seasons.

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