No. 23 Minnesota escapes Iowa with 62-59 win

No. 23 Minnesota escapes Iowa with 62-59 win
February 3, 2013, 3:33 pm
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Iowa's Gabriel Olaseni, right, lays up over the outstretched arm of Minnesota's Elliott Eliason in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Austin Hollins hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 11.6 seconds left, lifting No. 23 Minnesota to a 62-59 victory over Iowa on Sunday afternoon.

Hollins finished with 17 points to help the Gophers (17-5, 5-4 Big Ten) survive a rough second half and escape the scrappy Hawkeyes (14-8, 3-6).

With Minnesota trailing 59-57, the 6-foot-4 Hollins came off a screen to get open in the corner on an inbounds play and made the shot over 6-foot-1 Mike Gesell. Hollins then hounded Gesell in the corner on the other end to force the ball out of bounds.

Andre Hollins, who had 15 points, made two free throws to stretch the lead to three, and Gesell's tying attempt rolled off the front rim. Gesell finished with 11 points, and Aaron White and Zach McCabe each had 10 for the Hawkeyes.

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