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'U' seniors glad if this was their finale

Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS -- Jeff Hagen and Aaron Robinson might never play at Williams Arena again, and that's just fine with them.

Hagen scored 14 points and grabbed 17 rebounds, and Robinson keyed a second-half comeback that carried Minnesota to a 65-57 victory over Iowa on Wednesday.

Vincent Grier scored 17 points and Robinson added 14 points, all in the second half, to lead the Gophers (18-9, 8-6) a step closer to their first NCAA Tournament berth in head coach Dan Monson's six years at Minnesota.

"It's not about the tournament right now," said Monson, clearly taking nothing for granted. "What do we have, eight wins? 8-8 is not going to get you in."

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The Gophers close the regular season with games at Purdue and Penn State. A strong showing down the stretch and in the Big Ten tournament should put Minnesota in the NCAA Tournament, but a loss to Iowa would have all but assured a spot in the NIT. While that would have meant more home games for the Gophers, seniors Hagen, Robinson and Brent Lawson would be happy never to see their home crowd again.

The Gophers shot only 35 percent from the floor but 20 offensive rebounds, including 11 by Hagen, led to numerous second-chance baskets.

Iowa (16-10, 4-9) has lost five of six since leading scorer Pierre Pierce was kicked off the team because of ongoing legal problems.

IOWA (16-10)

Brunner 3-10 1-2 7, Hansen 3-4 3-4 9, Haluska 8-14 2-3 19, Horner 4-13 2-2 11, Henderson 4-8 0-0 8, Brownlee 0-1 0-0 0, Thomas 0-0 0-0 0, Reed 0-2 0-0 0, Thompson 1-4 1-2 3, Gorney 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 23-56 9-13 57.

MINNESOTA (18-9)

Coleman 3-9 0-0 7, Lawson 1-4 1-3 3, Hagen 5-14 4-6 14, Grier 7-17 2-2 17, Robinson 4-9 2-2 14, Stamper 2-8 4-5 8, Tucker 0-2 0-0 0, Tollackson 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 23-65 13-18 65.

Halftime -- Iowa 26-25. 3-Point Goals -- Iowa 2-16 (Haluska 1-5, Horner 1-8, Brownlee 0-1, Reed 0-2), Minnesota 6-18 (Robinson 4-9, Grier 1-2, Coleman 1-3, Lawson 0-2, Tucker 0-2). Fouled Out -- None. Rebounds -- Iowa 39 (Brunner 10), Minnesota 44 (Hagen 17). Assists -- Iowa 11 (Horner 7), Minnesota 14 (Grier 6). Total Fouls -- Iowa 20, Minnesota 16. A -- 12,659.

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