Jan. 25, 2009

(20) MINNESOTA 67, INDIANA 63
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BLOOMINGTON, Indiana (Ticker)
-- Damian Johnson scored 18 points Sunday as 20th-ranked Minnesota held off upset-minded Indiana, 67-63, to snap a two-game slide.

Consecutive layups by Johnson and Ralph Sampson staked the Golden Gophers (17-3, 5-3 Big Ten) to a 64-59 lead with 1:54 remaining.

Indiana (5-13, 0-5) had a chance to tie in the final seconds, but Devon Dumas, who paced the Hoosiers with 19 points, missed a 3-pointer off the front of the rim with three seconds remaining.

Minnesota's Paul Carter grabbed the rebound and made a free throw with 2.3 seconds left to clinch the victory.

The Hoosiers, who suffered their ninth straight loss, got a boost from a six-point swing in the final minute of the first half as Minnesota's Blake Hoffarber missed all three free throws after getting fouled while attempting a 3-pointer.

Verdell Jones then drilled a 3-pointer from just beyond midcourt at the buzzer, pulling the Hoosiers within 31-30 at the half.

Indiana coach Tom Crean high-fived fans at Assembly Hall as he jogged off the court.

Minnesota started with a quick burst following the intermission, opening a 38-32 lead on Al Nolen's steal and breakaway dunk just 59 seconds into the second half.

But the Golden Gophers couldn't shake the freshmen-laden Hoosiers, who trailed by no more than seven points throughout the second half.