Live Blog: Gophers Men’s Basketball v. Indiana

Marco LaNave

Final – Damian Johnson records his third career double-double — and first this season — with 16 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks. Westbrook scored 20 points and Sampson had 11 points, eight rebounds and five assists.

2:20 2nd – The Gophers are running away with this one. GOPHERS 79, INDIANA 56.

11:04 2nd – The crowd is delighting in seeing some rare plays from the Minnesota reserves. Freshman guard Bryant Allen scored his first collegiate points on a 3-point field goal and then made his first assist by passing to the 6-foot-3 Cobbs, who made a dunk on a fast break. GOPHERS 72, INDIANA 47.

15:46 2nd – Westbrook has picked up four points and two assists since halftime. Freshman point guard Justin Cobbs replaced Joseph within the first three minutes of the half. The Hoosiers have made four of seven shots to start the half. GOPHERS 54, INDIANA 37.

Halftime – The Gophers have been led by Johnson (12 points, five rebounds, three blocks), Westbrook (11 points, two assists) and Sampson (six rebounds). GOPHERS 44, INDIANA 25.

2:48 1st – The Gophers have been strong against an Indiana team that has lost seven straight. Minnesota is shooting 59 percent from the field with 13 assists on 16 baskets and has an 18-12 rebounding advantage. The Hoosiers have shot just 29 percent, but they have made four of their last six field-goal attempts. GOPHERS 38, INDIANA 23.

7:59 1st – The crowd at Williams Arena has been thirsting for a high-flying Rodney Williams. The freshman forward didn’t play against Wisconsin but entered the game about a minute ago. On the last Gophers possession, he took a lob from Sampson and redirected straight through the basket, drawing the crowd’s greatest approval of any play tonight. GOPHERS 27, INDIANA 11.

11:31 1st – Joseph has three assists, all on 3-point field goals, of which the Gophers are 3-of-3. Minnesota has made 7-of-11 field goals (64 percent), led by Johnson’s 3-of-3 for eight points. The Hoosiers have made 3-of-11 from the field. GOPHERS 17, INDIANA 9.

15:48 1st – The seniors have accounted for the Gophers’ scoring so far. Johnson had a layup on the game’s first possession and a 3-point field goal less than a minute ago. Westbrook, who didn’t score until the final 1:16 against Wisconsin, hit a 3-pointer in front of the Hoosiers bench on his first attempt. GOPHERS 8, INDIANA 4.

Despite the success of the big lineup during stretches against No. 14 Wisconsin, Gophers head coach Tubby Smith has stuck with the same three-guard lineup for the eighth straight game.

Indiana Hoosiers (9-16, 3-10 Big Ten)

F So. Tom Pritchard
F Fr. Christian Watford
G So. Verdell Jones III
G Jr. Jeremiah Rivers
G Fr. Jordan Hulls

Minnesota Gophers (15-10, 6-7 Big Ten)

F Sr. Damian Johnson
C So. Ralph Sampson III
G Jr. Blake Hoffarber
G So. Devoe Joseph
G Sr. Lawrence Westbrook