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Johnson, Jackson-Davis lead Indiana past Minnesota 84-79

February 28, 2022 GMT
Minnesota guard Sean Sutherlin (24) tries to shoot as Indiana forward Miller Kopp (12) defends him in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, Feb. 27, 2022, in Minneapolis. Indiana won 84-79. (AP Photo/Bruce Kluckhohn)
Minnesota guard Sean Sutherlin (24) tries to shoot as Indiana forward Miller Kopp (12) defends him in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, Feb. 27, 2022, in Minneapolis. Indiana won 84-79. (AP Photo/Bruce Kluckhohn)
Minnesota guard Sean Sutherlin (24) tries to shoot as Indiana forward Miller Kopp (12) defends him in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, Feb. 27, 2022, in Minneapolis. Indiana won 84-79. (AP Photo/Bruce Kluckhohn)
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Minnesota guard Sean Sutherlin (24) tries to shoot as Indiana forward Miller Kopp (12) defends him in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, Feb. 27, 2022, in Minneapolis. Indiana won 84-79. (AP Photo/Bruce Kluckhohn)
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Minnesota guard Sean Sutherlin (24) tries to shoot as Indiana forward Miller Kopp (12) defends him in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, Feb. 27, 2022, in Minneapolis. Indiana won 84-79. (AP Photo/Bruce Kluckhohn)

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Xavier Johnson scored 24 points, Trayce Jackson-Davis added 14 points and Indiana held off a late Minnesota rally, defeating the Golden Gophers 84-79 on Sunday night.

The Golden Gophers fought back after a poor start to the second half. A 16-2 run in which they made all six of their shots brought them within 74-67 near the 3-minute mark. Indiana did not score a field goal in the final 3:30 but converted 10 free throws in 13 attempts. The Hoosiers finished 14 of 20 from the line.

Minnesota came out firing unsuccessfully from 3-point range in the second half and made only 1 of 5 in the first six minutes, while the Hoosiers pushed their lead to 53-36. When Minnesota finally made its second shot after halftime the Golden Gophers were 2-of-11 shooting and had been outscored 23-7.

Payton Willis scored 28 points and made 7 of 14 3-pointers for Minnesota. He also had seven assists. E.J. Stephens scored 14 points and his 3-pointer drew the Gophers within 82-79 with 5 seconds remaining before Johnson closed it out with a pair of free throws.

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Jamison Battle and Sean Sutherlin scored 13 points each for Minnesota (13-14, 4-14 Big Ten).

Miller Kopp and Jordan Geronimo scored 10 points each for Indiana (18-10, 9-9).

A 13-3 run gave Indiana a 27-15 lead midway through the first half. Battle and Willis warmed up from 3-point range, making two each to keep Minnesota within 40-33 at halftime. Johnson led Indiana with 16 first-half points, making 4 of 6 3-pointers. Minnesota finished with 14 3-pointers to Indiana’s 10.

Johnson backed up his performance in Indiana’s last game, against Maryland. He scored a season-high 24 points against the Terrapins, making all of his field-goal attempts, including three 3-pointers. Against Minnesota, he made four 3-pointers, grabbed six rebounds and had eight assists.

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