The Gophers opened up conference play with a 63-60 loss to Michigan Thursday night at Williams Arena.
"Certainly a disappointing loss," head coach Richard Pitino said. "I thought at the end of the game when they had opportunities to make big plays they did and when we had opportunities we just didn't do it."
Despite Austin and Andre Hollins combining to shoot 4-for-19 from the field including 1-for 11 from three-point range the Gophers were able to keep the Wolverines within reach and had a chance to tie the game with a DeAndre Mathieu three as time expired.
The Wolverines, playing shorthanded with forward Mitch McGary out of the lineup received another blow early in the second half when Glenn Robinson III tweaked his ankle and departed the game, not to return. Nik Stauskas, Jon Horford and Zak Irvin picked up the slack offensively with Irvin making five three pointers accounting for all of his points.
With 5:53 left in the game Mo Walker tied the game at 49 with a dunk and the Gophers seemed to regain the momentum they had earlier in the game. They would make one field goal the rest of the game, a three-pointer by Malik Smith that cut the defect to three with 27 seconds remaining.
"There's a lot of stuff that we can learn from and get better from," Pitino said. "There's also a lot of stuff we did well, so we'll watch film and get ready to go again tomorrow."
Andre Hollins and Malik Smith led the team in scoring with 12 and Elliott Eliason added 10 points and 10 rebounds while playing only 24 minutes due to foul trouble.
The Gophers host Purdue on Sunday afternoon with a 1:30 tip.