MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Gophers were overdue for a tight-game victory like this. The Iowa Hawkeyes made them work extra for it.

Jordan Murphy scored a career-high 25 points with 19 rebounds and four blocks, Nate Mason had 25 points and seven assists with only one turnover and Minnesota outlasted Iowa 101-89 in double overtime on Wednesday night.

"They showed great heart, great character to break through," Gophers coach Richard Pitino said after his team's fourth Big Ten overtime game this season . "Probably the most proud I've been since I've been here."

Akeem Springs scored 17 points on 5-for-8 shooting from 3-point range for Minnesota, which hit the 100-point mark for the first time since Dec. 27, 2014, against UNC Wilmington. The Gophers (17-7, 5-6) halted a three-game winning streak for the Hawkeyes (14-11, 6-6) with a season-high 14 blocked shots and a tireless effort down the stretch.

"We were just mentally strong, physically strong, and we just toughed it out and grinded it out," said Murphy, who made 10 of 13 shots from the floor.

The Gophers took an 11-point to their locker room at the intermission, well aware of the first-half leads they've squandered this season in losses to Michigan State (15 points), at Penn State (14 points) and to Maryland (12 points). Pitino showed the team some video clips from the win by Kansas over Kansas State on Monday to highlight some heart and hustle by the Jayhawks as an example of the winning plays needed to pull out a rivalry game like this.

"You could see how fatigued we were in those overtimes, but it's fun to come out on the winning side of it," Mason said.

Scoring the first five points in the first overtime wasn't enough for the Gophers, so they built a much bigger lead in the second one. Amir Coffey's jump shot, steal, fast break and dunk for a 90-87 lead in a dizzying sequence was the last spark they needed. After Jordan Bohannon missed a 3-pointer, Murphy threw down a dunk to send the crowd into deafening mode.

Peter Jok had 26 of his 28 points after halftime and Isaiah Moss added 19 points for Iowa, which stormed back from a 14-point deficit early in the second half after cranking up the press and the trap on defense to catch the Gophers in a passive state.

Sure enough, after Murphy's second straight layup put Minnesota in front 56-43, Jok, the conference's leading scorer, awoke with 10 points toward a 14-0 burst over a mere 2½ minutes to clench up the game for good. His 3-pointer with 1:35 left in regulation gave the Hawkeyes a 75-73 lead .

"It's disappointing in a lot of ways, but I thought we showed tremendous fight," Hawkeyes Coach Fran McCaffery said.

MINNESOTA 101, IOWA 89, 2OT

IOWA (14-11) — Wagner 2-4 1-3 5, Cook 2-5 1-3 5, Bohannon 5-11 0-0 12, Moss 7-12 2-3 19, Jok 8-20 9-9 28, Uhl 1-5 2-2 4, Pemsl 2-2 5-7 9, Kriener 0-3 0-0 0, Baer 1-6 0-1 2, Dailey 0-0 0-0 0, Ellingson 2-6 0-0 5, Williams 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 30-75 20-28 89.

MINNESOTA (17-7) — Murphy 10-13 5-7 25, Lynch 1-9 1-1 3, Springs 5-14 2-2 17, Mason 9-21 5-5 25, Coffey 4-12 4-8 13, Curry 4-6 1-2 9, Konate 0-0 0-0 0, McBrayer 3-6 2-4 8, Sharp 0-0 0-0 0, Gilbert 0-1 1-2 1. Totals 36-82 21-31 101.

Halftime — Minnesota 40-29. End Of Regulation — Tied 77. End Of 1st Overtime — Tied 84. 3-Point Goals — Iowa 9-26 (Moss 3-5, Jok 3-6, Bohannon 2-6, Ellingson 1-2, Uhl 0-3, Baer 0-4), Minnesota 8-24 (Springs 5-8, Mason 2-8, Coffey 1-5, Gilbert 0-1, Curry 0-2). Fouled Out — Murphy, Lynch.

 
 

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