Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Minnesota Loses Third in a Row

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Minnesota Loses Third in a Row

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Kevin Granger scored 29 points for Texas Southern and Minnesota shot 29 percent from the field Wednesday night as the 16th-ranked Golden Gophers lost their third consecutive game, 71-50.

Minnesota, which fell from 11th in the AP poll after an 82-75 defeat to California on Saturday, continued its slide against the feisty Tigers before a dumbfounded crowd at Williams Arena.

Reginald Whittaker added 15 points for Texas Southern (7-2), which won its fourth game in a row.

In its previous two losses, Minnesota (6-3) had shot under 40 percent, but that paled compared to Wednesday night, when the Gophers shot seven for 37 in the first half and 21 for 73 for the game.

"It was awful cold out there," Minnesota coach Clem Haskins said.

The Gophers missed shots from all over the court, bricking open jumpers and easy layups with equal aplomb. They also looked sluggish and appeared befuddled through much of the game, while the crowd grew increasingly hostile.

Indiana 89, Butler 66: Alan Henderson scored 29 points and Todd Lindeman added a career-high 18 as Indiana won its 48th consecutive home game.

Henderson, a senior forward, and Lindeman, a junior center, led the Hoosiers' inside attack that contributed 70 points. Brian Evans added 20 points and 11 rebounds for the Hoosiers (6-4).

Chris Miskel led Butler (5-4) with 10 points.

Indiana, which has the nation's longest current home winning streak, turned a seven-point halftime lead into a 61-40 advantage with 11:29 left.

A dunk by the 7-foot Lindeman capped an 8-0 run that gave the Hoosiers the 21-point lead.

W. Illinois 80, Northwestern 48: Orlando Patrick scored 19 points and Western Illinois put Northwestern away early. The Wildcats' only lead was 3-0 on a Matt Purdy 3-pointer.

The Leathernecks (4-2) outscored the Wildcats 16-5 during an early stretch for a 21-10 lead, then used a 20-5 run late in the half and took a 45-21 lead at halftime.

Northwestern (4-4) closed to 49-30 on a layup by Craig Duerkson, but could get no closer after that. …

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