Men's Basketball

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Minnesota held a 10-point lead in the first half but lost to the Hawkeyes.
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Tue, 01/21/2014
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Minnesota appeared well on its way to a second consecutive, résumé-building victory through almost 19 minutes Sunday afternoon in Iowa City, Iowa.

Then the No. 14 Hawkeyes demonstrated the depth and dominance they’ve utilized all season.

After Minnesota built a 43-33 lead late in the first half, Iowa outscored the Gophers 61-30 the rest of the way, eventually winning 94-73.

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Minnesota was outworked and outplayed in the second half and the Hawkeyes coasted to a win.
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Elliott Eliason led the Gophers with 12 points and 13 rebounds.
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Thu, 01/16/2014
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The Gophers let a chance for a signature win slip out of their grasp late Saturday in their loss to Michigan State.

They weren’t about to let that happen again.

Minnesota rode a big performance from junior center Elliott Eliason and used some crucial plays down the stretch to pull away late en route to a 63-53 win over No. 11 Ohio State at Williams Arena on Thursday night.

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Elliott Eliason led the Gophers with 12 points and 13 rebounds.
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The Spartans outscored Minnesota 16-4 in the overtime session.
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Sat, 01/11/2014
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DeAndre Mathieu's driving layup with seconds remaining tied the game at 71-71 and sent the game into overtime, but the Gophers ultimately fell to No. 5 Michigan State 87-75 at the Breslin Center in East Lansing, Mich.

The Spartans dominated the five minutes of extra time outscoring Minnesota 16-4 in front of their home crowd.

The Gophers dropped to 13-4 on the season and to 2-2 in the Big Ten with the loss. Michigan State played the game without senior center Adrien Payne, but managed to improve to 15-1 and move its conference record to 4-0.

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The Spartans outscored Minnesota 16-4 in the overtime session.
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Richard Pitino recruited Spartans star Gary Harris while at Louisville.
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Fri, 01/10/2014
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Richard Pitino has never faced Michigan State as a head coach, but he’s pretty familiar with the players on the squad.
Two years ago, the Gophers head coach was an assistant at Louisville constantly on the recruiting trail. That’s where Pitino caught wind of Gary Harris, a 6-foot-5-foot guard out of Hamilton Southeastern High School in Indiana.
“[Pitino] recruited me when he was at Louisville,” Harris said. “I’m happy for him, he’s going to have his team ready.”

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Richard Pitino recruited Spartans star Gary Harris while at Louisville.
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DeAndre Mathieu led Minnesota with 12 points down the stretch.
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Wed, 01/08/2014
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DeAndre Mathieu looked pedestrian through the first 33 minutes of the Gophers road contest at Penn State on Wednesday night.
 
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DeAndre Mathieu led Minnesota with 12 points down the stretch.
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Richard Pitino earned the first Big Ten win of his career.
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Sun, 01/05/2014
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Andre Hollins and Austin Hollins didn’t look like themselves in the Gophers conference-opening loss to Michigan as the two shot a combined 4 for 19 from the field for 14 points.

They responded on Sunday.

Austin Hollins finished with 18 points and nine rebounds and Andre Hollins chipped in 17 points and five assists to lead Minnesota to a 82-79 win over Purdue at Williams Arena.

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Richard Pitino earned the first Big Ten win of his career.
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DeAndre Mathieu poured in a game-high 27 points to lead Minnesota.
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Fri, 12/20/2013
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Andre Hollins and Austin Hollins are the faces off the Gophers backcourt. They have been for the last three years.

But a different tandem of Gophers guards ran the court at Williams Arena on Friday night.

Minnesota senior Malik Smith and junior DeAndre Mathieu combined for 46 points as the Gophers ran past Nebraska-Omaha 92-79.

“Those two guys on this team, they’re fearless,” head coach Richard Pitino said.

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DeAndre Mathieu poured in a game-high 27 points to lead Minnesota.
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Senior guard Austin Hollins eclipsed the 1,000-point mark in Minnesota’s win.
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Wed, 12/11/2013
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Tuesday night was the first time Rick Pitino saw his son Richard Pitino coach the Gophers at Williams Arena.

While much of the early attention was on the Hall of Fame head coach’s attendance, Austin Hollins later stole the show.

The senior guard finished with a game-high 20 points and 14 rebounds as the Gophers (9-2) beat South Dakota State (4-7) 75-59.

“He was awesome,” Gophers head coach Richard Pitino said. “I thought he was so good tonight.”

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Anders Broman is the all-time leading scorer in state basketball history.
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Tue, 12/10/2013
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Anders Broman scored more points than any high school basketball player in Minnesota state history, but it wasn’t enough to attract his home-state school.

Now Broman, a freshman guard for South Dakota State, will face the Gophers on their home court Tuesday.

He said he understood why he didn’t get attention from any Big Ten programs.

“I’m kind of undersized,” he said. “I’m not super athletic, so I don’t have those types of things going for me.”

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Anders Broman is the all-time leading scorer in state basketball history.
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Minnesota had six players in double figures in the 80-65 victory Sunday.
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Mon, 12/09/2013
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A series of injuries put the Gophers’ depth to the test Saturday in a matchup with New Orleans at Williams Arena.

They passed.

Minnesota (8-2) finished with six players in double digits and rolled to an 80-65 win over the Privateers
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That dispersed production came at a necessary time — both Malik Smith and Elliott Eliason sustained left-ankle injuries heading into the game. Eliason played just four minutes, and Smith didn’t touch the court.

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