Gophers falter on the road in loss to Iowa

Big Ten opener is a bust for cold-shooting Gophers

December 10, 2019 - 4:23 am
Gophers center Daniel Oturu faces Iowa center Luka Garza

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   IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Sophomore Joe Wieskamp scored a season-high 23 points and Iowa blew past Minnesota 72-52 on Monday night in Big Ten play.

   Luka Garza had 21 points with 10 rebounds for the Hawkeyes (7-3, 1-1 Big Ten), who hit 8 of their first 16 3s in cruising to their second win in three tries

   Minnesota, which was opening league play, shot just 6 of 25 on 3s and committed 15 turnovers. The Gophers shot just 36.8 % from the floor, and their three starting guards were a ghastly 3 of 29 shooting.

   "We didn't hit a lot of shots. But we've got to do a better job of execution," Gopher coach Richard Pitino said.

   Wieskamp opened the second half with a 3 to give Iowa its first double-digit lead, 40-29, and Wieskamp pushed it to 49-34 on a layup. Garza followed with an inside bucket that made it a 17-point game and forced Minnesota coach Richard Pitino to call a timeout even though a media stoppage was imminent.

   Minnesota (4-5, 0-1) showed some life though, as Daniel Oturu's 3 cut it to 55-45 with just over 10 minutes left. But Wieskamp dashed to the 3-point line to block a Tre' Williams jumper and took the loose ball down the floor for a dunk that stopped a 7-0 Gophers run.

   Garza followed with a jump hook and a 3 and the lead was back to 62-47.

   Oturu had 22 points and 12 rebounds for his fifth double-double of the season. But Oturu also had eight turnovers, many of them coming when he walked while attempting a post move.


   Minnesota: The Gophers entered the week having played the fifth-toughest schedule in America. Still, being 4-5 is no place a Power Five team wants to be - and next up is a home date with No. 3 Ohio State.


   Minnesota hosts Ohio State on Sunday.

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