Today's 75-71 loss was the 160th all-time meeting between Minnesota and Indiana, with the Hoosiers holding a 94-66 lead in the series (not counting vacated games). Minnesota fell to 13-4 overall and 2-2 in the Big Ten, while Indiana improved to 9-7, 2-2 B1G. Head coach Richard Pitino is 2-4 against the Hoosiers, and 32-51 against Big Ten foes, while Minnesota now stands at 1,463-1,086 all-time. Coach Pitino's fifth-year record at Minnesota is 88-65, and his six-year career mark is 106-79.
Coach Pitino utilized a starting lineup of seniors Nate Mason and Bakary Konate, juniors Jordan Murphy and Dupree McBrayer, and sophomore Michael Hurt. Mason made his 85th career start and Konate made his 27th, while Murphy was in the starting lineup for the 71st consecutive time. McBrayer started his 49th career game and Hurt made his third career start in place of injured Amir Coffey.
GOPHERS EN FUEGO FROM LONG RANGE IN FIRST HALF
Minnesota was just 10-of-30 (.333) from the field in the first half, but the Gophers were 7-of-14 (.500) from beyond the three-point arc, and went to the locker room trailing, 32-31. Davonte Fitzgerald came off the bench to make 2-of-3 treys, while Nate Mason was 2-of-4 and Dupree McBrayer went 2-of-5. Mason led the Gophers with 10 points and three assists in the first half, while Fitzgerald and McBrayer each had six points. Fitzgerald also paced Minnesota with five first-half rebounds.
BOSTON SCIENTIFIC HEART OF THE GAME AWARD
Nate Mason made 8-of-19 field goals, including three from three-point range, to finish with a team-high 22 points and game-high nine assists. Mason now has 1,470 points for his career, which ranks ninth all-time at Minnesota, and needs 12 points to pass Tommy Davis (1982-85, 1,481 points) for eighth. Mason, a reigning First Team All-B1G guard, also grabbed four rebounds and had a steal in 35 minutes. He is averaging 16.0 points and 4.9 assists this season.
HOME STAND WRAPS UP
Minnesota wrapped up a six-game home stand with today’s loss versus the Hoosiers, falling to 10-2 at The Barn this season. The Gophers, who went 5-1 during the stretch, head back on the road to face Northwestern on Wednesday (Jan. 10).
MURPHY TIES TIM DUNCAN’S MARK
Jordan Murphy grabbed a rebound in the final seconds to finish with 18 points and 10 boards for his 17th-straight double-double to start the season (38th career), tying the mark of Tim Duncan at Wake Forest during 1996-97. Murphy, who leads the nation in double-doubles and is second in rebounding, was 5-of-14 from the field and 7-of-8 at the free throw line, while adding three steals in 30 minutes. Murphy now has 765 career rebounds, which ranks seventh all-time at Minnesota. Murphy leads the Big Ten with averages of 18.9 points and 12.7 rebounds per game.
McBRAYER HAS STRONG SECOND HALF
Dupree McBrayer tallied 12 of his 18 points in the second half to finish in double-figures for the fifth time this season (31st career). McBrayer connected on 7-of-13 field goals, including 3-of-7 trifectas. He added an assist and two steals in a team-high 37 minutes.
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