MINNEAPOLIS, MN (WHBL) - Minnesota lost its leading scorer, Andre Hollins, on its first possession Wednesday night, but the Gophers still had enough in the tank to beat ninth-ranked Wisconsin, 81-68 in Minneapolis. Hollins rolled an ankle while coming down on a jump shot. His Gopher teammates went on to shoot a blistering 59-percent, as the Badgers lost their third straight game after a school-record 16-0 start. The normally defensive-minded Wisconsin has given up 75 or more points in each of its last three games, as Minnesota completed four straight contests against Top-15 teams by going 2-2. The Badgers never led. They were down by six at the half. A three-point play by Malik Smith put the Gophers up by 12 with 13 minutes left, and Wisconsin was never in contention after that. Minnesota dominated inside with a 32-22 rebounding edge. Maurice Walker and DeAndre Mathieu each scored 18, as the Gophers improved to 12-1 at Williams Arena. They're now 4-3 in the Big Ten and 15-5 overall. Wisconsin again struggled from three-point range, hitting just 5 of 20 beyond the arc. Sam Dekker scored 20 for the Badgers, who are now 3-3 in the conference and 16-3 overall. They're at Purdue on Saturday.
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