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Hoosiers overcome turnovers to beat Minnesota

Thursday, January 17, 2008


AP Sports Writer

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Indiana Hoosiers are so much more than Eric Gordon.

D.J. White had 17 points and 10 rebounds and Lance Stemler hit a crucial 3-pointer to lift the ninth-ranked Hoosiers to a 65-60 victory over Minnesota on Thursday night.

On a night when their super freshman struggled in all areas, Gordon's supporting cast came up huge to extend Indiana's winning streak to 11 games, their longest since a 13-game streak in 1992-93.

Gordon had just 12 points on 3-for-8 shooting, committed seven turnovers and was hindered by foul trouble, and the Hoosiers (15-1, 4-0 Big Ten) committed a season-high 26 turnovers in the game.

But Jordan Crawford scored 14 of his 16 points in the first half and Gordon hit two big free throws down the stretch to seal it for Indiana.

Dan Coleman had 15 points and seven rebounds for the feisty Gophers (12-4, 2-2), but they scored just 16 points off all those Hoosier turnovers and missed 10 free throws.

The Gophers went on a 9-0 run, holding error-prone Indiana scoreless for nearly 8 minutes, to take a 56-52 lead with 6:50 to go and led 60-58 on a reverse layup by Spencer Tollackson with 1:49 left.

But Stemler came back with a 3-pointer from the top of the key, and the Hoosiers closed it out at the free throw line to keep new Gophers coach Tubby Smith stuck on 399 career victories.

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