College basketball round-up: Minnesota, up 16 early, falls to Iowa by 21

February 18, 2013 

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Iowa guard/forward Eric May (25) dunked over Minnesota forward Oto Osenieks (10) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013, in Iowa City, Iowa.


Down by 16 points just seven minutes into play, Iowa's slim NCAA Tournament hopes appeared set to vanish. The host Hawkeyes responded with one of the most brilliant stretches of play in the program's history.

Devyn Marble and Aaron White each had 15 points as Iowa shrugged off an early 21-5 deficit and rolled past Minnesota 72-51 on Sunday for its third straight win.

Freshman Mike Gesell added 11 for the Hawkeyes (17-9, 6-7 Big Ten), who've rattled off three consecutive Big Ten victories for the first time in six years.

"They were on the road and they jumped us," Iowa Coach Fran McCaffery said. "Our team could have wilted right there. But we haven't shown that we're going to do that."

Iowa outscored Minnesota 37-10 in a 20-minute stretch spanning the halves, using a zone defense to stymie the Gophers and pull ahead 42-31 with 15:14 left.

Eric May's three with 8:50 left made it 53-37 Iowa, and a game that started off as a Minnesota rout became a Hawkeyes blowout.

Austin Hollins had 14 points for the Gophers (18-8, 6-7), who've lost three of four and are now tied with Iowa in the league standings.

"I don't know if I've seen such a dramatic turnaround in such a short time as a coach of any team that I've had," said Minnesota's Tubby Smith, who has been coaching college ball since 1979. "That's about as disappointing of a loss as I've ever had.

"We've got to learn how to play with a lead. We've had trouble with that all year," Smith said.

No. 20 Wisconsin 71, No. 13 Ohio State 49: Ben Brust and Jared Berggren each scored 15 points as the Badgers routed the Buckeyes at Madison, Wis.

Sam Dekker came off the bench to score 13 for Wisconsin, while Traevon Jackson added 10.

The win kept Wisconsin tied with Michigan for third in the conference, two games behind leaders Indiana and Michigan State. Ohio State dropped into fifth place.

No. 4 Michigan 79, Penn State 71: Trey Burke scored a season-high 29 points and freshman Glen Robinson III matched a career high with 21 for host Michigan.

The Wolverines had dropped three of their previous four games, including a 23-point loss Tuesday night on the road against No. 8 Michigan State.

No. 3 Miami 45, Clemson 43: Kenny Kadji scored 12 points, including the go-ahead three-pointer with 36 seconds left to keep visiting Miami perfect in Atlantic Coast Conference play. The Hurricanes finished with their fewest points of the season, and their high-scoring guard duo of Durand Scott and Shane Larkin were a combined 3-for-16 shooting for 10 points.

No. 9 Arizona 68, Utah 64: Mark Lyons scored 18 points, freshman Brandon Ashley added 10 in a reserve role and Arizona defeated host Utah to snap a two-game skid.

Niagara 60, Manhattan 56: Former Christian County star Donovan Kates scored 14 points for host Manhattan, his fifth straight game in double figures.


No. 10 Louisville 81, DePaul 55: Cardinals sophomore Bria Smith scored a career-high 21 points to spark an win at home. She was 13-for-15 from the free-throw line and her all-around performance included seven rebounds, two assists, a block and a steal.

"I just always take what's open," Smith said. "If a person gives me the lane, I'm going to take it. If a person sucks in on me, I'll try and kick it out to one of my teammates. I just do what comes with the flow of the game."

Louisville forward Sara Hammond (Rockcastle County) had 17 points and 13 rebounds, her fifth double-double of the season.

Louisville senior Monique Reid (Fern Creek) made her first appearance since Jan. 27, returning from a bone bruise on her left knee. Reid had eight points and eight rebounds in 15 minutes.

DePaul was without leading scorer Anna Martin (Lexington Christian), who missed her seventh game after injuring her left knee against Providence on Jan. 19.

No. 5 Duke 81, Wake Forest 70: Duke Coach Joanne P. McCallie said point guard Chelsea Gray will miss the rest of the regular season after dislocating her right knee during Sunday's win.

McCallie said an MRI is scheduled and if there are no torn ligaments or other complications, it's possible Gray could return for the post-season.

Gray averages 13 points and leads the Atlantic Coast Conference with averages of 5.6 assists and 3.7 steals.

No. 16 South Carolina 62, Mississippi 47: Ashley Bruner had 15 points and 13 rebounds, and visiting South Carolina rediscovered its defense. The Gamecocks rank fourth in the nation in scoring defense, holding opponents to 49.0 points per game, but were beaten 78-74 by No. 9 Kentucky on Thursday.

No. 12 Tennessee 83, Vanderbilt 64: Meighan Simmons scored 17 points and was one of five Tennessee players to reach double figures as the host Lady Vols clinched their 37th consecutive 20-win season. The Lady Vols have never lost at home to Vanderbilt in 28 contests.

No. 13 Georgia 62, Florida 57: Jasmine Hassell scored 16 points and grabbed 16 rebounds for visiting Georgia. Sydney Moss (Boone County) had six points, five rebounds and three assists for the Gators.

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