After giving up 51 points in the second half in a loss Thursday to sixth-ranked Michigan State, No. 21 Iowa allowed 55 in the first half of a 92-87 loss Sunday at Minnesota.
The Hawkeyes fell to 16-5 overall and 5-5 in the Big Ten, while the Gophers are now 15-5, 5-4 after what looks like a pivotal game in the middle of the league.
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MVP: Jordan Murphy did it all for Minnesota. The 6-foot-7 forward totaled 23 points on 7-for-9 shooting, 11 rebounds, six assists and two blocked shots. The Hawkeyes struggled containing him on the block.
Turning point: After taking a 37-36 lead with 6:02 to go, the Hawkeyes were unable to find many answers on defense and never led again. The Gophers ended the half on a 12-3 run, including a Murphy 3-pointer at the buzzer, to go up 55-46. Iowa fell behind 81-65 with 5:50 to go before going on a 13-1 run to cut the lead to four, but it was too late. Tyler Cook airballed the front end of a one-and-one, then turned it over in transition trying to make it a one-possession game.
Key stat: 3. Joe Wieskamp, the reigning Big Ten freshman of the week, scored just three points, all from the free throw line. Iowa lost this game on defense, but still will want to get more scoring out of a guy who can shoot like Wieskamp. He attempted just two shots from the field.
Points: Luka Garza, Iowa (25); Jordan Murphy, Amir Coffey, Minnesota (23)
Rebounds: Tyler Cook, Iowa (9); Jordan Murphy, Minnesota (11)
Assists: Jordan Bohannon, Iowa (5); Dupree McBrayer, Minnesota (7)
Steals: Isaiah Moss, Iowa (2); Dupree McBrayer, Gabe Kalscheur (2)
Blocks: Nicholas Baer, Iowa (1); Jordan Murphy, Minnesota (2)
3-Pointers: Isaiah Moss, Iowa (6-10); Gabe Kalscheur, Minnesota (3-10)
Up next: The Hawkeyes have four days off, then host No. 6 Michigan (19-1, 8-1) at 6 p.m. Friday (FS1).