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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Carlos Morris scored a season-high 19 points, Mo Walker had 15 points and six rebounds and Minnesota romped past Seattle 92-57 Friday for its sixth straight victory.
Bakary Konate pitched in nine points and eight rebounds, both career highs for the freshman, and DeAndre Mathieu had nine assists and six steals. The Gophers scored 80-plus points for the fifth straight game, matching their December streak from 2009. They had seven in a row in 1966.
With most students at home for the holidays, the crowd was thinner and quieter than usual. Mathieu gave the fans plenty to enjoy, though the 5-foot-9 sparkplug had trouble finishing his signature waterbug-like drives and went 1 for 6 from the floor for just two points.
Mathieu led the relentless full-court press by the Gophers that decided the game before halftime, swiping the ball from Isiah Umipig in the backcourt and feeding Joey King for a dunk as he cut through the lane for a 12-2 lead. Mathieu had four steals less than five minutes in.
Later, he set up Morris for a transition 3-pointer. Then there was the cross-court pass ahead to Mason, who fed Charles Buggs for a reverse dunk and a 35-15 lead.
Jadon Cohee scored 14 points and Umipig added 13 points the Redhawks (5-6), who took their first flight to face a major-conference foe in more than two years. They stayed in town to play Washington on Nov. 21, losing 63-48 to the Huskies.
Umipig went 3 for 8 from 3-point range. He came into the game ranked second in NCAA Division I with an average of 4.2 made 3-pointers per game. His 17.2 points-per-game mark entered the weekend second in the Western Athletic Conference.
The Gophers had 12 of their 16 steals in the first half on their way to a 43-21 lead.
For Seattle, this was the program's first game against a team in the Big Ten. The Redhawks have played Maryland, Penn State and Rutgers in the past, but not when any of them were members.
Long before coach Cameron Dollar was born, let alone any of his players, Seattle often took on some of the nation's best: most memorably when the Elgin Baylor-led squad reached the NCAA championship game in 1958 and lost to Kentucky. The small Jesuit school dropped Division I sports in 1980 only to return five years ago as Dollar was hired to guide the transition.
Seattle was picked to finish second of eight by the coaches and third by the media in the 2014-15 preseason WAC polls. The Redhawks have four players from England on their roster and three from British Columbia.
Minnesota had freshman forward Gaston Diedhiou available for the first time, the day after the native of Senegal was admitted to the university after sitting out the fall semester. Another player added to the roster was walk-on guard Mike Lukashewich, who played one minute at the end of the first half and blocked a shot.
Seattle returns home to play Sacramento State on Sunday night.
Minnesota hosts Furman on Monday night.
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