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IU pulls off overtime win

There was this feeling of "here we go again" at Assembly Hall.

For the second straight home game, Indiana saw a double-digit lead disappear. But this time, it would be different.

The Hoosiers had enough left to defeat Minnesota 81-78 in overtime.

Verdell Jones III had 24 points, seven of which came in overtime. Jones made the go-ahead basket with 32.8 seconds remaining.

"That's something we expect from him," freshman forward Bobby Capobianco said. "He was a great leader out there."

IU outrebounded Minnesota 43-31. And the Hoosiers didn't get flustered by Minnesota's press. After turning the ball over seven times in the first seven minutes, IU had seven turnovers the rest of the way.

"We probably don't win the game with a couple of more turnovers," IU coach Tom Crean said. "The turnover part, the rebounding part those are by far the most important things."

Christian Watford added 16 points while Devan Dumes scored 13. The Hoosiers snapped a three-game losing streak and learned a valuable lesson along the way.

"There's a lot of time in a five-minute game," Crean said. "We didn't have to come down and shoot a quick three. We didn't have to come down and try to force a play. We had to play. And (Jones) was a great example of that."

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