Tonight's 86-81 loss was the third all-time meeting between Minnesota and Miami, with the Hurricanes now holding a 2-1 lead in the series (Miami leads 1-0 in Minneapolis). No. 12/12 Minnesota fell to 7-1 on the season, while No. 10/13 Miami improved to 6-0. Head coach Richard Pitino is 0-1 against the Hurricanes, and 4-4 against ACC foes, while Minnesota now stands at 1,457-1,083 all-time and 38-22 versus teams from the ACC (not counting vacated games). Coach Pitino's fifth-year record at Minnesota is 82-62, and his six-year career mark is 100-76.
For the first time this season, Coach Pitino utilized a starting lineup of seniors Nate Mason and Reggie Lynch, junior Jordan Murphy, sophomore Amir Coffey and freshman Isaiah Washington. Mason made his team-leading 77th career start (71st consecutive) in Maroon and Gold, while Murphy was in the starting lineup for the 62nd consecutive time. Lynch, who transferred from Illinois State, has now started 41 games for the Gophers (91 career), while Coffey made his 41st career start and Washington made his first collegiate start in place of injured Dupree McBrayer (right leg).
GOPHERS IN BIG TEN/ACC CHALLENGE
Minnesota dropped its second straight Big Ten/ACC Challenge game to fall to 9-10 all-time in the Challenge. The Gophers are 6-4 at home in the Challenge, and Richard Pitino now owns a mark of 3-2.
Jordan Murphy finished with 17 points and 14 rebounds for his eighth straight double-double to start the season and the 29th of his career. Murphy made 5-of-11 field goals and went 7-of-9 from the free throw line. Six of Murphy’s boards were at the offensive end of the court, and he added three blocked shots. Murphy has averages of 21.4 points and 12.5 rebounds per game, while making 63-of-101 (.624) field goals this season.
COFFEY LEADS TEAM IN SCORING
Amir Coffey made 7-of-13 field goals, including 2-of-4 three-pointers, and 7-of-7 free throws to tie for game-high honors with 23 points. It was Coffey’s second career 20-point game. His career-high was a 30-point performance versus St. John’s on Nov. 18, 2016. Coffey also grabbed five rebounds and added two assists and two steals for the Gophers. Coffey, who now has 28 career double-figure scoring games, is averaging 13.0 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.8 assists, while making 12-of-28 (.429) three-pointersd.
THE Reggie Lynch BLOCK COMPANY
Reigning Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year Reggie Lynch flirted with a triple-double for the second time this season. Lynch finished with 12 points, 10 rebounds and seven blocked shots versus the Hurricanes. Lynch is averaging 11.4 points and 8.5 rebounds, while leading the nation with 4.8 blocked shots per game this season.
MASON MOVING UP ALL-TIME SCORING CHART
Nate Mason scored 15 points to give him 1,325 for his career, which ranks 16th all-time at Minnesota. This evening, he moved past Dan Coleman (1,317 points during 2004-08) and Austin Hollins (1,321 points during 2010-14), and he is now 67 points shy of cracking the Top 10. Mason, a reigning First Team All-B1G guard, added a team-high five assists and three rebounds. He is averaging 13.9 points and 4.4 assists with just 11 turnovers.
JELLY MAKES FIRST START
True freshman Isaiah Washington made his first collegiate start against Miami, as he replaced an injured Dupree McBrayer in the lineup. A native of Harlem, Washington finished with a season-high 14 points on 6-of-17 shooting, while adding five rebounds and three assists in 27 minutes. It’s Washington’s third double-figure scoring game this season.
MISCELLANEOUS NOTES AND NUMBERS
The game was Minnesota’s first non-conference home game versus a nationally-ranked opponent in 19 years … Minnesota made 15-of-29 (.517) second-half field goals, but Miami was even better at 19-of-34 (.559) to break a 36-all halftime score and remain undefeated … the Gophers outrebounded Miami, 41-34 … Miami scored 17 points off 12 Minnesota turnovers, while the Gophers had two points on eight Hurricane miscues … tonight’s attendance of 14,625 was Minnesota’s first sellout since Jan. 21, 2016, versus Wisconsin … the Gophers are averaging 11,473 per game through five games … Nate Mason played in his 102nd career game … Jordan Murphy played in his 73rd career game and moved past 900 career points … Murphy needs one more rebound for 650 in his career … Reggie Lynch moved past Bob Martin (1989-92), Mychal Thompson (1975-78) and Elliott Eliason (2011-15) to move into eighth on the Gophers’ all-time blocked shots list with 152.
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