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Iowa Comes Up Short 52-49 Against 22nd Ranked Gophers

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Lawrence Westbrook and Travis Busch each scored 10 points and No. 22 Minnesota rallied from a 13-point deficit then hung on to beat host Iowa 52-49 on Thursday night.

The Golden Gophers (14-1, 2-1 Big Ten) shot just 33.9 percent from the field and nearly let the game slip away in the closing seconds.

Minnesota led 50-44 with 24.5 seconds left. Jake Kelly of Iowa (11-5, 1-2) scored and Al Nolen of Minnesota missed two free throws. Jeff Peterson buried an open 3 from the corner with 5.3 seconds left to make it a one-point game, but Westbrook hit two free throws. Kelly's shot from just inside halfcourt bounced off the rim.

Minnesota, which trailed 23-10, held Iowa to 23 points in the second half.

Peterson had 16 points for Iowa, which played most of the game without forward Cyrus Tate.

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