Nov. 19, 2013
Minnesota Basketball Postgame Notes
Minnesota (4-0) 82, Coastal Carolina (1-3) 72
Williams Arena | Minneapolis, Minn.
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Tonight's game was just the second in the all-time series between Minnesota and Coastal Carolina. The Gophers also won the first meeting, 75-57, on Dec. 3, 2005, in Minneapolis.
Minnesota head coach Richard Pitino improved to 4-0 at Minnesota and 22-14 for his career.
The Gophers improved to 5-1 all-time versus teams from the Big South Conference.
Coach Pitino improved to 2-0 against Coastal Carolina, with both wins coming by a 10-point margin. His Florida International squad posted an 87-77 win last season against the Chanticleers to give Pitino his first career victory.
Minnesota, which led the Big Ten with 25 steals through the first three games, tied its season-high with 11 steals versus CCU. The Gophers also had 11 steals in the season-opening win versus Lehigh. Minnesota is averaging nine steals per game through the first four games of the season.
Eight of the nine players to appear in the game for Minnesota scored points.
Minnesota had four players reach double-figures for the third time in four games this season.
Junior guard Andre Hollins scored 15 points in the first half to move past 900 career points. Hollins finished with a team-high 19 points, giving him 907 for his career. Tonight's game was his 75th in a Gophers uniform.
Junior guard DeAndre Mathieu finished with a career-high 17 points, with 13 points coming after the half. Mathieu's previous best had been 15 points versus Montana on Nov. 12.
Mathieu was 6-of-14 from the field, establishing new career-highs for FGs made and attempted, and he also tied his career-highs at the free throw line by going 5-of-6.
Mathieu also tied for game-high honors with six assists, and is averaging 4.8 assists per game.
Junior center Elliott Eliason grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds to go with eight points and two steals. It was Eliason's second game this season (fifth career) with 10 or more rebounds.
Eliason made a career-best four free throws in a game, going 4-of-4 at the charity stripe.
Junior forward Oto Osenieks scored a career-high 13 points. His previous best had been 10 points on three occasions, most recently at Ohio State on Feb. 20, 2013.