Gophers Move to 3-0 With 72-43 Win Over Tennessee State

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 Stats at a Glance
MINN TSU
 • Points 72 43
 • FG Made-Attempted 26-54 14-59
 • FG Percentage 48.1 23.7
 • 3FG Made/Attempted 6-16 4-22
 • 3FG Percentage 37.5 18.2
 • FT Made-Attempted 14-23 11-21
 • FT Percentage 60.9 52.4
 • Assists 22 8
 • Rebounds 46 37
 • Turnovers 17 20
 • Steals 13 11
 • Blocks 7 2
 Individual Leaders
 • Points  Williams (15)
 • Rebounds  Williams (7)
 • Assists  An. Hollins (5)
 • Steals  Five tied (2)
 • Blocks  Two tied (2)
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TubbySmith.com

Nov. 15, 2012

By Michael Molde
GopherSports.com

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.