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Minnesota Vs. Iowa Final Score: Golden Gophers Lose Very Close Game, 64-42

The Minnesota Golden Gophers fought to what can almost be described as a stalemate against the Iowa Hawkeyes, but ultimately lost 64-62. It was just about a dream scenario for Minnesota, as the Hawkeyes missed six-straight free throw attempts in the final minute, but Minnesota wasn't able to get any production out of thier guys in the final seconds. Ralph Sampson III made a layup with ten seconds to go, but after Roy Devyn Marble missed two free throws for Iowa, Maverick Ahanmisi missed the jumper with two seconds to go and the game came to an end.

Nobody really stepped up for Minnesota, with Rodney Williams leading the way, going 5-for-8 from the field with 11 points, 12 rebounds, three blocks, an assist and a steal. To contrast, Matt Garens shot 7-for-11 with two three-pointers on top of that for 19 points, six rebounds, three assists and three steals. Minnesota led after the first half, by one point, but were out-scored by just three points in the second.

Minnesota still has yet to win a game inside the Big Ten, with a 12-4 record overall and 0-3 within the conference. Next, they'll take on the Purdue Boilermakers on Sunday.

For more on the Minnesota Golden Gophers, check out The Daily Gopher. For an opposing view, check out Black Heart Gold Pants.You can also head over to SB Nation's main NCAA Basketball hub at SBNation.com/NCAA-Basketball.

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