Iowa gets road win, 64-62 over Minnesota

Published 9:03 am Thursday, January 5, 2012

MINNEAPOLIS — For the first time in five seasons, Iowa has back-to-back Big Ten victories on the road.

The Hawkeyes were determined and poised enough to overcome an 11-point deficit at Minnesota late in the first half and even endure six straight missed free throws in the final 40 seconds.

The Gophers simply lost their way — and their confidence.

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Matt Gatens had 19 points, six rebounds and three steals to lead Iowa’s second-half surge past Minnesota for a 64-62 win on Wednesday night.

“This was a total team victory, and we’re far from done,” Gatens said. “We have to keep building momentum.”

Maverick Ahanmisi’s runner from the edge of the lane in traffic bounced off the other side of the rim as the buzzer sounded, giving the Hawkeyes (10-6, 2-1) the win.