Gophers fall to Iowa after hot start

Jace Frederick

Minnesota appeared headed to a second-consecutive resume-building victory through almost 19 minutes on Sunday afternoon in Iowa City, Iowa.

Then the No. 14 Hawkeyes demonstrated the depth and dominance they've utilized all season.

After building a 43-33 advantage late in the first half, the Gophers were outscored 61-30 the rest of the way as they fell 94-73 to Iowa.

Andre Hollins got the Gophers of to their hot start. The junior guard scored 18 first-half points, but was held to just two points in the final 20 minutes.

It was a polar opposite performances from the Hawkeyes stars. Junior forward Aaron White and sneior guard Roy Devyn Marble combined for one first-half point.

The duo exploded in the second half. White finished with 18 points to lead the Hawkeyes, while Marble chipped in 15. 

The momentum had belonged to the Gophers for much of the first half, but an 8-0 Iowa run right before the half on the strength of two Josh Oglesby triples trimmed the gap and changed the game heading into the locker room.

Oglesby was lights out all game for Iowa. The junior guard finished with 17 points on 5 for 7 shooting from deep.

Minnesota struggled with foul trouble. Both junior center Elliott Eliason and junior guard DeAndre Mathieu fouled out. The duo, which had been so effective in the start of Big Ten play, was limited on Sunday. Mathieu finished with five points and five assists, while Eliason had seven points and six boards.

A bright spot for the Gophers was the reemergence of senior guard Austin Hollins. Hollins, who'd struggled to this point in the Big Ten, finished with 13 points, eight rebounds and five steals.

The Gophers will take on their fourth-straight ranked opponent on Wednesday when they welcome Wisconsin to Williams Arena.