No. 21 Iowa overcame an eight-point deficit, holding Minnesota scoreless over the final 5:25 for a 58-55 win Sunday in Big Ten men's basketball at Williams Arena in Minneapolis, Minn.
The Hawkeyes improved to 18-8 overall and 9-6 in the Big Ten. Minnesota slipped to 12-12, 6-8.
Iowa jumped out to an 8-0 lead and Luka Garza scored the Hawkeyes' first 10 points. But Garza encountered foul trouble and a 6:02 first-half scoring drought allowed Minnesota to take a 31-26 halftime lead.
Iowa didn't lead in the second half until Bakari Evelyn's two free throws with 1:15 remaining. Minnesota's Daniel Oturu missed the front end of a one-and-one with 3.8 seconds left and the Hawkeyes hung on for the win, ending the game on an 11-0 run.
Box score: No. 21 Iowa 58, Minnesota 55
Postgame coverage: 5 minutes of faith and ferocity carry Hawkeyes to win at Minnesota
Point spread: Minnesota was a 4.5-point favorite
Over/under: Under 150
Turning point: Minnesota went on an 8-0 run to go up 55-47 with Garza on the bench with four fouls, but the Hawkeyes fought back when their star came back. Connor McCaffery hit a pair of free throws, Garza scored in the post and hit a 3-pointer and Ryan Kriener made 1 of 2 free throws to tie it at 55 with 1:37 left. Garza rebounded Kriener's missed free throw and Evelyn drew a foul and hit 2 of 2 at the line to give Iowa a 57-55 lead with 1:15 to go. Kriener blocked Marcus Carr's 3-point attempt in the final seconds but Garza fouled Oturu on the ensuing rebound. Oturu missed the front end of a one-and-one, McCaffery made 1 of 2 free throws and Carr's desperation heave at the buzzer was well short.
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MVP: Garza battled through foul trouble to put up 24 points on 11-of-21 shooting, eight rebounds, two steals and a block in 28 minutes. Iowa needed all 24 with sharpshooter CJ Fredrick sidelined with an ankle injury and Joe Wieskamp held to two points.
Key stat: 5. Minnesota turned it over five times in the decisive final 5:25 as it was unable to put away what would have been a key win for an NCAA Tournament bubble team. Iowa improved to 2-6 in conference road games with gritty defense down the stretch.
Points — Luka Garza, Iowa (24); Daniel Oturu, Minnesota (15)
Rebounds — Luka Garza, Joe Wieskamp, Iowa (8); Alihan Demir, Minnesota (9)
Assists — Connor McCaffery, Iowa (7); Marcus Carr, Minnesota (6)
Steals — Luka Garza, Iowa (2); Payton Willis, Minnesota (2)
Blocks — Ryan Kriener, Iowa (4); Daniel Oturu, Isaiah Ihnen, Minnesota (3)
Up next: Iowa hosts Ohio State (17-8, 7-7) at 6 p.m. Thursday (ESPN). The Buckeyes have won five of their last six.