Minnesota beat Indiana by one point in a thrilling game Wednesday night. The man to make the winning basket with 3 seconds left was Akeem Springs who got his own rebound on a missed three-point try.
Springs finished just 2 for 13 from the field, but the fifth-year senior’s hustle after his contested heave from the corner helped give the Gophers (19-7, 7-6 Big Ten) their fourth consecutive victory after falling behind in the closing minutes. Nate Mason led the way with 30 points, including 11 of 12 free throws, and Jordan Murphy had his third straight double-double with 14 points and 15 rebounds.
Indiana, which has lost six of its last seven games, failed again to cut down on turnovers and get going from behind the arc. The conference’s best-shooting team went 26 for 74 (34.7 percent) from the floor.
Minnesota missed its first seven shots from the floor and struggled to produce any smooth possessions, but Indiana never took advantage. In the end, Minnesota was able to capitalize on mistakes and Indiana was not.
Next the Gophers stay at home to face Michigan on Sunday, before a trip to Maryland on Feb. 22.