Oct. 18, 2013
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- Senior guard Austin Hollins scored eight of his team's first 10 points, finishing with a team-high 21 points for the game, as the Maroon defeated the Gold, 61-53, on Friday night at Williams Arena.
The "Raise the Barn - First Look Scrimmage" gave fans a chance to watch new head coach Richard Pitino's team in action. The scrimmage was played like a real game, complete with officials. The only difference was the format -- four quarters, each lasting seven minutes and 30 seconds.
Austin Hollins was incredibly efficient, making 8-of-10 field goals, including 4-of-6 from beyond the arc. He scored his 21 points in just 24 minutes.
Junior guard Deandre Mathieu led all scorers with 26 points, as he made 8-of-11 field goals (2-of-2 3FG) and 8-of-10 free throws for the Gold, which rallied late in the contest.
Coach Pitino took a seat across the court from the benches, and was mic'd up, so he took time between quarters to speak with the crowd and talk about some of the things he was looking for from his 14-player roster. A crowd estimated at about 3,600 was on hand to cheer on the Gophers.
Pitino said after the game that he'd like to see fewer turnovers -- the Gold team turned the ball over 17 times (5 assists), while the Maroon had 18 turnovers and 15 assists.
Junior forward Maurice Walker, who has lost somewhere around 50 pounds since last season, had nine points and a game-high nine boards for the Gold team. Four players for the Maroon team had three assists each.
Minnesota opens its exhibition schedule by playing host to Cardinal-Stritch at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 1. For ticket information, call the Athletics Ticket Office at 612.624.8080 or 1.800.U.GOPHER, or visit mygophersports.com.
--By Michael Molde, Athletic Communications Assistant
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