Feb. 3, 2013
No. 23/24 Minnesota (17-5, 5-4 Big Ten) 62, Iowa (14-8, 3-6 Big Ten) 59
Williams Arena - Minneapolis, Minn.
Minnesota Head Coach Tubby Smith
“We’re happy to get the win. I thought our guys showed a lot of heart, a lot of toughness, a lot of character there at the end to pull it out when things weren’t going our way for some reason.”
On the win:
“We did what we had to do to get the win. Big shot by Austin, then the big steal, then (Andre Hollins) making the free throws. I thought everybody contributed.”
On the "must-win" game:
"We can’t afford to lose a game at home here. Again, we had one foot in the grave and we were able to dig ourselves out, claw our way back in it. Again, we defended well we just had some ill-advised turnovers. We can get down and lose our composure and give up, but I’m really impressed with our guys, the way they recovered with that."
On Joe Coleman:
"Joe gives you what he has. He’s usually outmanned at that position. He's a 6-4 guy playing against 6-6 or 6-7 forwards usually. He’s having a tough time down there to guard guys like Aaron White. That’s a tough match-up for him."
On room for improvement:
"I hope we haven’t peaked. We have a lot more to learn, a lot to improve on."
Iowa Head Coach Fran McCaffery
“We obviously blew an opportunity today. We had opportunities at the free throw line and on the break. We kept fighting. When you don’t execute and miss free throws it is hard.”
On why Roy Devyn Marble sat for most of the second half:
“Because he was not playing well at the time.”
“It has been what has kept us in the game every game. Our defense has been really good. They have been fighting. We have been rotating guys.”
On Josh Oglesby’s play:
“He played the game they way he plays it. He missed some shots, but he made some and he made plays. We were able to play off of him and that is what we needed. I wish I could have played him more in the second half, but I had the one unit that was clicking and we had the lead.”
On pulling starters after a slow team start:
“I pulled some of them. I prefer not to do that, but our effort level is not what it needed to be at the start of the game. It is disappointing.”
Austin Hollins (Jr./G)
On if the three point play occurred as it was drawn up:
“It was pretty much drawn up like that. There were some other screens that were supposed to take place but I saw some daylight so I let it go.”
On how it felt to make that shot:
“It definitely felt good to take the lead. Iowa is a tough team. We’ve got to give them credit. I think we showed a lot of heart towards the end of the game.”
On if there were breakdowns defensively:
“A little bit, but they were just getting a lot of second opportunities. It’s tough to play D for that long. We’ve got to rebound the ball and limit them to one shot, so that’s something we’ll probably work on. Overall I think we played a decent game.”
Rodney Williams (Sr./F)
On preparing for this kind of game:
“We knew that it was going to be a fight coming in. It’s a rivalry. Down the stretch we kept our composure and we were able to find Austin [Hollins] for a deep shot.
On Hollins' game-winning shot:
“He’s definitely got to feel good about that one. Things were kind of breaking up and he was able to break away from his man and hit a really big shot for us.”
On who the shot was lined up for:
“It was supposed to go to Austin, but the play didn’t end up going the way we designed it. It still worked out for us.”
Mason, Murphy lead Minnesota over Penn State 81-71
Nate Mason had 16 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists, and Jordan Murphy added 16 points and 16 rebounds for the Minnesota Gophers in an 81-71 win over Penn State on Saturday.
Preview: Gophers vs. Penn State
Minnesota returns home for its final homestand of the year and final game in the month of February.
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