Pitino Era Opens With 81-62 Victory


  1st 2nd F
 Lehigh 18 44 62
 Minnesota 37 44 81
 81
 
 62
 
 Stats at a Glance
MINN LEH
 • Points 81 62
 • FGM-Att. 27-59 22-61
 • FG Percentage 45.8 36.1
 • 3FGM-Att. 9-25 8-29
 • 3FG Percentage 36.0 27.6
 • FTM-Att. 18-21 10-14
 • FT Percentage 85.7 71.4
 • Rebounds 38 35
 • Turnovers 12 16
 • Assists 19 10
 • Steals 11 6
 • Blocks 4 4
 Individual Leaders
 • Points  King (20)
 • Rebounds  Eliason (17)
 • Assists  Mathieu (9)
 • Steals  Two tied (3)
 • Blocks  Eliason (2)
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Nov. 8, 2013

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MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- The Richard Pitino era at Minnesota began successfully Friday night, as the Gophers established an early double-digit lead versus Lehigh and maintained a comfortable advantage throughout during an 81-62 victory at Williams Arena.

Four Minnesota players reached double-figures, led by sophomore forward Joey King's game-high 20 points on 6-of-10 shooting. Junior guard Andre Hollins added 18 points and five assists, while junior center Elliott Eliason recorded his first career double-double by finishing with 11 points and a career-best 17 rebounds.

Minnesota (1-0) led 37-18 at the half, as King scored 10 points and the Gophers limited Lehigh to 23.3 percent (7-of-30) from the field, while also forcing 11 turnovers.

But the Mountain Hawks (0-2) played the Gophers even after the break. Lehigh was led by Mackey McKnight's 18 points, while Austin Price added 15 points and Jesse Chuku had eight points and a team-high 10 rebounds.

Junior guard DeAndre Mathieu finished with nine assists and three steals for the Gophers. As a team, Minnesota made 27-of-59 (.458) field goals, including 9-of-25 three-pointers, and Minnesota finished with a 38-35 edge in rebounding.

Minnesota plays host to Montana next Tuesday at Williams Arena, with tipoff slated for 7:00 p.m. For ticket information, visit mygophersports.com, or call 612.624.8080 or 1.800.U.GOPHER.