. . MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Liam Robbins had 18 points, nine rebounds and three blocks, and led a choking attempt from No.. 21 Minnesota in defense of No.. 17 Michigan State 81-56 on Monday night. Marcus Carr scored 19 points, handing out five assists for the Gophers (9-1, 2-1 Big Ten), who never left the sputtering Spartans behind and kept them at 25. 7% shoot (18 for 70) while beating 52-36. Off the bench for the first time this season, Aaron Henry had 11 points and three assists, both meager team highs, as the Spartans (6-3, 0-3) made their first 0-3 start in Big Ten 19 Years. Minnesota, the then no. 4 Iowa have faced and defeated consecutive opponents in the Associated Press poll on Friday for the first time since beating Michigan State and Purdue in the 2010 Big Ten tournament. The Gophers have five more games in a row against teams that are currently in the AP Top 25. Robbins, the 7-foot transfer from Drake, held up against Iowa star Luka Garza on Friday with 18 points, five rebounds and four blocks, finding more room to be 3-inch clear of Joey Hauser of Michigan to strip. Robbins hit a 3-pointer on the opening possession, mixed in a handful of successful soft hooks, and showed Both Gach his passing ability with a nifty high-low feed for a layup and a three-point play after a foul on Hauser gave the Gophers a 46-21 lead. Brandon Johnson, who made eight of nine 3-pointers against the Hawkeyes to fuel the 102-95 win in extra time, had nine points and seven rebounds. His outside shot went cold along with most of his teammates as the Gophers only shot 6 for 25 from 3 point range, but they did almost everything else well, with the guards jumping for long rebounds and charging for loose balls. The Spartans missed one. . .