- The Washington Times - Friday, January 9, 2009

From combined dispatches

No. 22 MINNESOTA 52, IOWA 49: Lawrence Westbrook and Travis Busch each scored 10 points as the Golden Gophers rallied from a 13-point deficit and then hung on to beat the Hawkeyes on Thursday night in Iowa City.

Minnesota (14-1, 2-1 Big Ten) shot just 33.9 percent 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 Minnesota’s Al Nolen 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.

Iowa officials said Tate - the only Hawkeyes player averaging more than four rebounds entering Thursday - had apparently sprained his ankle midway through the first half.

No. 16 XAVIER 70, SAINT LOUIS 44: Derrick Brown didn’t miss a shot while scoring 20 points, and C.J. Anderson added 13 as the Musketeers (12-2) rolled to a victory against the Billikens (9-6) in Cincinnati in the Atlantic 10 opener for both teams.

Brown was 6-for-6 from the field, including three 3-pointers, and made all five of his free throws.

Jason Love had 11 points for Xavier, which has won three straight games after consecutive losses.

Kevin Lisch scored nine points to lead Saint Louis, which made a season-low one 3-pointer and saw its three-game winning streak snapped with its worst loss of the season.

No. 21 BUTLER 64, WRIGHT STATE 48: Matt Howard scored 14 points, and Gordon Hayward had 12 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Bulldogs (13-1, 4-0 Horizon) to their fifth straight victory, a win against the Raiders (8-8, 2-3) in Indianapolis.

Butler connected on five of seven 3-point attempts in the first half, stifled Wright State’s post-up offense and put the game away by going inside and drawing fouls in the second half. Butler has won 15 straight against conference opponents and 11 consecutive home games.

Todd Brown had 13 points for Wright State, which was 5-for-19 from 3-point range and had a six-game winning streak snapped.

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