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February 26, 2014

Minnesota races past No. 20 Iowa 95-89

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Hawkeyes coach Fran McCaffrey wasn't all that upset.

"We can blame our defense if we want to, but at some point you have to respect your opponent and say, 'You know what? Richard had a good game plan. They executed it. They moved it. They got open, and they made the shots. More power to 'em,'" McCaffrey said.

The Hawkeyes fell into a fifth-place tie in the conference with Nebraska, which plays last-place Illinois on Wednesday. Without Basabe, they have missed another big body to help patrol the paint. Their defense has been missing that edge.

"We're not as crisp as we were a couple games ago," White said. "I don't know what's the reason behind it, but we've got to figure it out because that's where you have to hang your hat and that's how you win games."

The Gophers led 80-67 with 8:23 left and didn't make another field goal the rest of the game. Marble tipped in a missed layup by Mike Gesell and was pushed in the back by Joey King in the process with 1:30 left, converting the three-point play to cut the lead to 82-80.

But Mathieu followed with two free throws and Oglesby air-balled a 3-point attempt after that. Mo Walker made all four of his free throws in the final minute, and the Gophers locked the game up at the line.

With the game at Indiana rescheduled for Thursday, the Hawkeyes were forced into a stretch of three contests in six days.

"It's a quick turnaround. That's the beauty of basketball. You have a tough night like this and you get another chance to prove yourself right away," Gesell said.

Hollins swished a 3-pointer to cut the lead to 35-31 and then turned a steal into a fast break. He grabbed the rebound of Malik Smith's miss and, almost directly underneath the basket with a defender in front him, deftly underhanded the ball in off the backboard to bring the Gophers within two points.

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