IOWA CITY –Iowa battled from a 16-point first-half deficit to blast Minnesota 72-51 today at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
Aaron White and Devyn Marble each scored 15 points for the Hawkeyes. Mike Gesell added 11. Austin Hollins led the Gophers with 14.
Iowa (17-9, 6-7 Big Ten) next plays at Nebraska on Thursday.
Iowa mounted a furious comeback after trailing by 15 points to lead Minnesota 34-29 at halftime today at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
Minnesota took a 23-8 lead with 11:54 left in the first half. Iowa then rallied on a 13-0 run, keyed by seven points from Aaron White and two layups from Mike Gesell. The teams traded baskets until Devyn Marble hit back-to-back 3-pointers to give the Hawkeyes a 29-27 lead with 2:48 left.
Trevor Mbakwe scored a putback to tie the game, but Marble put Iowa back up with two free throws. Late in the first half, Iowa’s Zach McCabe attempted a 3-pointer with the shot clock running down. Mbakwe fouled him, and McCabe knocked down all three free throws with 1.5 seconds left to give the Hawkeyes a 34-29 lead.
Iowa’s game today against Minnesota became a sellout on Saturday. It’s the third for Iowa this season, joining games against Indiana and Wisconsin. Iowa also has posted two crowds exceeding 15,000 — Iowa State and Northwestern.
Iowa’s average attendance after today’s game will be 13,330, its highest since the 2001-02 season. The Hawkeyes still have three home games left after today: Purdue (Feb. 27), Illinois (March 5) and Nebraska (March 9). It’s likely the final two games are sellouts and potentially all three games.
Iowa has played Minnesota more than any other team at 192 meetings after today. The only opponent the Gophers have played more than Iowa is Wisconsin, who the Gophers have played 193 times.