Nov. 4, 2013
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MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – The University of Minnesota men’s basketball team concluded its exhibition season with a 101-67 victory over in-town opponent Concordia-St. Paul. The Gophers were led by Maurice Walker with 17 points and DeAndre Mathieu with 7 assists in the victory over the Golden Bears and they shot 41-for-71 (57.7) from the field.
In the first half, Walker led the Golden Gophers with 10 points, followed closely by Elliot Eliason with eight, while Andre Hollins and Joey King both went into halftime with seven points each. The Gophers were able to pull ahead to a 41-26 advantage, their largest lead of the first half, thanks to five quick points by King. The Golden Bears were then able to cut the lead to 47-37 before heading into the locker room for halftime.
During the second half, the Gophers solidified their lead and defeated the Golden Bears by a 34-point margin. Andre Hollins stepped up for Minnesota with 11 points after the break for the Gophers, ending the game with 16 points. Walker led the Gophers to victory with 17 points, 13 rebounds and two blocks.
This is the first time the Golden Gophers have scored 100 points or more since Dec. 12, 2003, although exhibition games do not count toward standing records.
The Gophers tip off regular-season play against Lehigh on Friday, Nov. 8 at Williams Arena. The tip is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.
Northern Illinois Game to Air Live on BTN
Sunday’s men’s basketball game against Northern Illinois will now be televised live on BTN.
Minnesota Downs NJIT, 74-68
Akeem Springs came off the bench to score 19 points and Nate Mason added 18 for Minnesota, which came from behind in the second half and escaped with a 74-68 victory against NJIT.
Preview: Gophers vs. NJIT
The men's basketball team returns to the Barn Tuesday to begin a six-game December homestand.