Nov. 21, 2013
Minnesota Basketball Postgame Notes
Minnesota (5-0) 79, Wofford (1-3) 57
Williams Arena | Minneapolis, Minn.
Thursday, November 21, 2013
Tonight's game was just the third in the all-time series between Minnesota and Wofford. The Gophers improved to 3-0, with all three wins coming in Minneapolis.
Minnesota head coach Richard Pitino improved to 5-0 at Minnesota and 23-14 for his career.
Richard Pitino becomes the fourth Minnesota coach to begin his career 5-0. The others were O.B. "Ozzie" Cowles (1948-49), Jim Dutcher (1975-76) and Dan Monson (1999-2000).
The Gophers improved to 12-1 all-time versus teams from the Southern Conference.
Minnesota, which led the Big Ten with 36 steals through the first four games, recorded eight steals against the Terriers. Minnesota is averaging 8.8 steals per game through the first five games of the season.
Nine of the 11 players to appear in the game for Minnesota scored points.
Minnesota had four players reach double-figures for the fourth time in five games this season.
Senior guard Austin Hollins tied for game-high honors with 18 points to move past 900 career points. Hollins now has 917 for his career. Tonight's game was his 108th in a Gophers uniform.
Junior forward Oto Osenieks scored a career-high 14 points. His previous best had been 13 points during Tuesday's win versus Coastal Carolina.
Junior center Elliott Eliason grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds to go with 11 points and seven blocked shots. It was Eliason's third game this season (sixth career) with 10 or more rebounds, and it was his second double-double of the season.
Eliason's blocks total was a career-high, and it was the most in a game for a Minnesota player since Ralph Sampson III had eight blocks versus Iowa on Jan. 16, 2011.
Junior guard DeAndre Mathieu finished with 10 points and tied for team-high honors with five assists. Mathieu is averaging 5.6 assists per game.
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