Minneapolis, MN (SportsNetwork.com) - Jarrod Uthoff's jumper with 3.5 seconds on the clock proved to be the game winner as the Iowa Hawkeyes slipped by the Minnesota Golden Gophers, 77-75, in Big Ten Conference play at Williams Arena.
Uthoff finished the night with a game-high 22 points on 7-of-10 shooting from the floor, followed by Peter Jok and Aaron White with 13 points apiece for the Hawkeyes (12-5, 3-1 Big Ten) as they won for the fourth time in five tries.
The Golden Gophers (11-7, 0-5), losers of five in a row, were paced by Carlos Morris who tallied 20 points off the bench, while Nate Mason produced 17 points and handed out four assists. Joey King and Deandre Mathieu checked in with 11 points apiece in the losing cause.
Minnesota shot a mere 9-of-30 from the floor in the first half, including just 3-of-14 behind the 3-point line, en route to a 38-27 deficit at the break. The Hawkeyes pulled ahead after 20 minutes of action despite turning the ball over eight times, compared to five miscues for the hosts.
The second half saw Iowa's lead balloon to 17 points less than four minutes into the frame, but down the stretch Minnesota fought back and even took a four-point edge with a little over three minutes left on the clock.
Iowa went up by two with 6.1 seconds remaining on a jumper near the top of the key by Uthoff, although the time was then adjusted to just 3.5 seconds due to a clock malfunction.
The Golden Gophers then put the ball in the hands of Mathieu who streaked the length of the floor and floated in a layup at the buzzer, but it was waved off. After a video review the call was upheld and the Hawkeyes awarded the narrow victory.
The visitors finished the night shooting not only 52.1 percent from the floor overall but also 8-of-16 (.500) behind the 3-point line as well.