Minnesota Holds Off Missouri State 74-69 In Puerto Ricojoey King scored 18 points to help Minnesota beat Missouri State 74-69 Friday in the consolation bracket at the Puerto Rico Tipoff. Carlos Morris added 12 points for the Gophers (3-1), who got off to a fast start to build a double-digit lead that reached 18 points early in the second half.
University Of Minnesota Responds To 3rd Harassment ReportThe University of Minnesota responded Monday to a third woman's claims that she was sexually harassed by former athletic director Norwood Teague by asking that anyone else with similar allegations come forward.
Walker Leads Minnesota's Romp Past Nebraska, 60-42Mo Walker led Minnesota with 19 points and eight rebounds and Andre Hollins added 12 points, helping the Gophers avenge a recent loss to Nebraska with a 60-42 victory over the sputtering Huskers on Saturday. Hollins had six assists and five rebounds, too, and the Gophers (14-9, 3-7) bounced back from their latest of six Big Ten losses by five points or fewer.
Penn State Holds Off Minnesota Rally In 63-58 WinD.J. Newbill scored 12 points, Jordan Dickerson blocked a shot with 4 seconds left and Penn State held off a late Minnesota rally to defeat the Gophers 63-58 Wednesday night. Penn State (14-7, 2-6 Big Ten) led by 10 points at the half but the Gophers (13-9, 2-7) shot their way back into a 46-45 lead before Devin Foster gave the Lions a lead they would hold for their second straight conference victory.
Tenacity Remains A Challenge For Minnesota's WalkerMo Walker has plenty of discipline. He dropped about 60 pounds after Richard Pitino was hired to make sure he could keep up with Minnesota coach's faster style. The 6-foot-10 center's biggest challenge these days revolves around mental toughness.
Morris, Minnesota Beat Seattle 92-57Carlos 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. Andre Hollins and Nate Mason each added 15 points for the Gophers (9-2), who returned from an eight-day game break for final exams with another noncompetitive nonconference tuneup.
Diedhiou Admitted To Minnesota, Added To RosterMinnesota freshman forward Gaston Diedhiou has been admitted to the university and added to the roster. The Gophers made the announcement Thursday that the 6-foot-9, 240-pound Diedhiou has joined the team and will be immediately eligible to play.
Hollins Leads Minnesota To 85-57 Victory Over SouthernAndre Hollins scored 24 points as Minnesota defeated Southern 85-57 on Wednesday night. Mo Walker and Carlos Morris each scored 11 points while DeAndre Mathieu added 10 points and five assists for the Gophers (8-2), who shot 54.7 percent from the field and led by as many as 37 points in the second half.
Mathieu, Minnesota Pull Away From WCarolina, 84-64DeAndre Mathieu had 16 points and six assists, one of five players for Minnesota who scored in double digits, to help the Golden Gophers pull away from Western Carolina after a sluggish start and beat the Catamounts 84-64 on Friday night. Carlos Morris pitched in 16 points on 7-for-9 shooting and Andre Hollins added 15 points for the Gophers (6-2), who were outrebounded 34-26 but scored 29 points off 24 turnovers.
Minnesota Tops Georgia 66-62 In NIT Season Tip-OffThe Minnesota Golden Gophers defeated the Georgia Bulldogs 66-62 in the third place game of the NIT Season Tip-Off. Joey King's season-high 15 points led the way for Minnesota (4-2). DeAndre Mathieu also had a season-high 12 points.
Rick Pitino, Son Richard Face Off In Season OpenerAsked what he might try to confuse a Minnesota team coached by the son who knows him well, Rick Pitino worked hard to keep a straight face. "We've never played a triangle-and-two (defense), he will not be ready for it," the Hall of Fame coach at Louisville said as Richard Pitino smiled while sitting beside him. "Their backcourt is something that must be stopped and it's something that I'm going to try for the first time in my coaching career."
Lofton Dismissed From Gophers Basketball TeamJunior guard Zach Lofton has been dismissed from the Minnesota basketball program. Coach Richard Pitino said Wednesday that Lofton was dismissed for "failing to meet the expectations and obligations of the team." The dismissal is effective immediately. Pitino calls the decision difficult but says it was in the team's best interest "to move forward at this time."