MINNEAPOLIS All year, the Gophers men's basketball team has talked about the importance of protecting its home court. Sunday, Minnesota needed a last-second 3-pointer by Austin Hollins to defend Williams Arena from the visiting Iowa Hawkeyes.
Hollins hit the biggest shot of the game with 11.6 seconds to play and the Gophers held on for what proved to be an ugly 62-59 win. But after recently snapping its four-game losing streak, Minnesota is glad to now have a two-game winning streak, regardless of how ugly it might have been.
"We had one foot in the grave," said Gophers head coach Tubby Smith. "We did what we had to do to get the win."
It wasn't pretty for Minnesota on Sunday as the Gophers nearly let the pesky Hawkeyes steal one at Williams Arena. The same problems that plagued Minnesota during its four-game losing streak resurfaced: too many turnovers (and at key moments), a lack of production from the bench (the Gophers' reserves did not score Sunday) and allowing too many se...