Minnesota knocks off top-ranked Hoosiers
Minnesota's Austin Hollins dunks to put an exclamation point on the Gophers' 77-73 win against Indiana in Big Ten action Tuesday in Minneapolis.
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Trevor Mbakwe had 21 points and 12 rebounds to help Minnesota take down No. 1 Indiana, 77-73, Tuesday night in a Big Ten Conference showdown in Minneapolis, the seventh time a top-ranked team in the Associated Press poll has lost this season.
Andre Hollins added 16 points for the Gophers (19-9, 7-8), who outrebounded Cody Zeller and the Hoosiers by a whopping 44-30 and solidified their slipping NCAA tournament case with an emphatic performance against the conference leaders. The fans rushed the Williams Arena court as the final seconds ticked off, the first time that has happened there in years.
Zeller was held to nine points with four turnovers for the Hoosiers (24-4, 12-3), who have held the No. 1 ranking for 10 of 17 polls this season including the past four. Victor Oladipo scored 16 points, but 14 of the 17 points by Jordan Hulls came before halftime.
Mbakwe, a sixth-year senior, posted his conference-leading seventh double-double. At 24-years-old, he was a man among boys in many ways in this one, dominating both ends of the court when the Gophers needed him most. Minnesota had 23 offensive rebounds.
Elliott Eliason, who played every bit as well as Zeller, scored seven consecutive points for Minnesota to tie the score at 46 shortly after Oladipo's reverse layup had given the Hoosiers a 44-36 lead, their biggest of the game.
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Top 25 women
• Notre Dame 79, Syracuse 68: Kayla McBride scored 25 points and Skylar Diggins added 24 and 8 assists as host No. 2 Notre Dame (26-1, 14-0 Big East) overcame a 15-point first-half deficit to top No. 22 Syracuse (22-5, 10-4).
• Connecticut 76, Pitt 36: Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis had 19 points and 13 rebounds to help No. 3 Connecticut (26-2, 13-1 Big East) close out its home schedule with a rout of Pitt (9-18, 0-14).
• West Virginia 66, Kansas State 57: Ayana Dunning and Christal Caldwell scored 15 points apiece to lead West Virginia (17-10, 9-7 Big 12) past Kansas State (13-15, 4-12) at WVU Coliseum.
• Point Park 67, Asbury 58: Ja'Nia McPhatter led the way with 20 points and 11 rebounds, and Teresa Davis added 16 points as Point Park (25-6) defeated Asbury (23-10) in the final of the KIAC tournament in New Albany, Ind.
First Published February 27, 2013 12:00 am