Feb. 25, 2014
MINNESOTA MEN's BASKETBALL POSTGAME NOTES
MINNESOTA (18-11, 7-9 Big Ten) 95, NO. 19/20 IOWA (19-8, 8-6 Big Ten) 89
WILLIAMS ARENA | MINNEAPOLIS | FEBRUARY 19, 2014
ATTENDANCE: 14,625 (14,625 capacity)
Tonight's game was the 182nd meeting in the all-time series between Minnesota and Iowa. The Golden Gophers hold a 97-85 advantage in the series that dates back to March 1, 1902.
Minnesota has wins in eight of the past 12 games against the Hawkeyes.
With tonight's win, Minnesota improved to 59-32 in the 91 games played in Minneapolis. The Gophers are 5-1 in their past six home games against Iowa.
The 95 points scored by the Gophers were the most in the series against Iowa (non-vacated games) since Minnesota defeated the Hawkeyes, 102-80, on Feb. 24, 1990.
The victory was Minnesota's third this season against a team ranked among the Top 25. The Gophers have also defeated No. 11/9 Ohio State (Jan. 16) and No. 9/8 Wisconsin (Jan. 22). All three wins have come at home.
It's the first time Minnesota has scored 95 points in a Big Ten game (not counting vacated results) since defeating Penn State, 95-67, in Minneapolis on Feb. 3, 1993.
The Williams Arena sellout crowd of 14,625 was the fourth this season for Minnesota.
Minnesota had been just 14-of-55 from three-point range over its past three games, but the Gophers combined to make 9-of-11 (.818) from beyond the arc in the first half.
The Gophers finished 11-of-19 (.579) from three-point range. It's the second time this season that Minnesota made 11 three-pointers in a Big Ten game (vs. Purdue, 11-of-24, Jan. 5, 2013).
Minnesota improved to 7-1 this season when wearing its home White uniforms.
The Gophers, who entered the contest leading the Big Ten with an average of 7.6 steals per game, finished with nine steals.
Senior guard Austin Hollins finished with a career-high 27 points to increase his career total to 1,182 points. Hollins passed Michael Bauer (2000-04) on Minnesota's all-time scoring list and is now tied with Darryl Mitchell (1978-82) for 25th.
Austin Hollins was 8-of-10 from the field, including 4-of-6 from three-point range, and 5-of-5 at the free throw line.
Austin Hollins was credited with four assists to increase his career total to 273, which is 10th on Minnesota's all-time list.
Austin Hollins played in his 132nd career game for the Gophers and is now tied for second with Blake Hoffarber (2007-11). Hollins needs to play in just three more games to establish a new career record for games played at Minnesota.
Junior guard Andre Hollins scored 14 points to increase his career total to 1,219. He remains 21st on the all-time list.
Andre Hollins made 3-of-6 three-pointers, giving him 180 for his career. He ranks third on the Gophers' all-time list.
Andre Hollins also made three free throws, giving him 313 for his career.
Freshman forward Charles Buggs came off the bench and achieved career-highs for points (11), rebounds (3), minutes played (14), field goals made (4) and attempted (5), and three-pointers made (3) and attempted (3) in the first half.
Buggs finished with 13 points and three rebounds in 19 minutes. He made 5-of-6 field goals, including 3-of-3 treys and had one steal. All of those figures are career-bests.
Junior guard DeAndre Mathieu finished with 19 points on 7-of-11 shooting, while leading all players with seven assists (one turnover).
Junior forward Maurice Walker came off the bench to score eight points and lead the team with six rebounds. Walker went 4-of-4 at the free throw line in the final minute.
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Amir Coffey had 17 points to lead Minnesota, while Dupree McBrayer added 16.