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Indiana Ends Gophers’ Seven-Game Winning Streak

Gophers men’s basketball coach Ben Johnson cautioned his team about the challenging atmosphere they would face in Friday’s game against Indiana at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., describing it as the most intense environment they had encountered all season.

Despite the warning not to be swayed by the crowd’s energy, the Gophers found themselves struggling early in the game, falling behind 25-8 in the opening minutes. This setback marked the beginning of a tough contest that ultimately led to a 74-62 loss to the Hoosiers, snapping a seven-game win streak for Minnesota (12-4, 3-2 Big Ten).

The Gophers faced additional challenges in the first half, with four players, including Elijah Hawkins and Dawson Garcia, accumulating two fouls each in the initial 20 minutes. Mackenzie Mgbako fueled the Hoosiers’ success, scoring 14 of his game-high 19 points in the first half.

Although the Gophers managed to narrow the Indiana lead to just 10 points by halftime, they struggled to carry momentum into the second half. Indiana (12-5, 4-2) showcased an impressive performance, shooting 48% from the field and 50% from long range in the second half. Their lead expanded to as much as 21 points, while Minnesota struggled with a 40% shooting performance in the second half and an overall 39% for the game.

Kel’el Ware contributed significantly to Indiana’s success with 17 points and 14 rebounds. Pharrel Payne, a key player for the Gophers in the first half, finished with 17 points and 10 rebounds, while Josh Ola-Joseph added 12 points and five boards. Dawson Garcia tallied 14 points and nine rebounds.

The Gophers, now looking to rebound, are set to face rival Iowa on Monday at 5 p.m. at The Barn.

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