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Nov. 15, 2012
By Michael Molde
MINNEAPOLIS - Minnesota followed the same plan that had worked for it in the first two games of the season, as it jumped out to a 9-0 lead and stretched it to as many as 20 points during the first half of Thursday night's 72-43 win over Tennessee State at Williams Arena.
It was the third-straight big lead to open a game for the Gophers, who opened with a 15-0 lead in the season-opening 72-36 win versus American, and then jumped ahead by a 12-0 score in Monday night's 82-56 victory over Toledo.
The Gophers (3-0), who have yet to trail in a game this season, got a combined 23 points in the opening half from their two Tennessee natives - sophomore guard Andre Hollins (13) and junior guard Austin Hollins (10).
Senior forward Rodney Williams Jr. scored 11 of his game-high 15 points in the second half, making all five field goal attempts after the break. Williams finished 7-of-9, which included five dunks, and added a team-best seven rebounds to go along with four assists. Andre Hollins was scoreless in the second half, finishing with 13 points and a game-high five assists, while Austin Hollins wound up with 12 points.
The Gophers remain home to play host to Richmond on Sunday evening at 6:00 p.m. (CT). The game will be televised live on Big Ten Network, and can be heard live on the Gopher Radio Network.
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