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No. 13/16 Minnesota Drops Lafayette

Dec. 22, 2012

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  1 2 Final
Lafayette 22 28 50
13/16 Minnesota 37 38 75

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 Stat Comparison MINN LC
 Points 75 50
 FG Made-Attempted 28-67 21-47
 FG Percentage 41.8 44.7
 3P Made/Attempted 5-18 7-23
 3P Percentage 27.8 30.4
 FT Made-Attempted 14-25 1-2
 FT Percentage 56.0 50.0
 Rebounds 46 25
 Turnovers 9 19

 Individual Leaders
 Scoring Totals
 Lafayette - Trist 14
 Minnesota - Coleman 12
 Lafayette - Trist 7
 Minnesota - Welch, Ingram 6
 Lafayette - Rufer 4
 Minnesota - Austin Hollins, Welch 4
 Lafayette - Trist 3
 Minnesota - Ingram 4
 Lafayette - Giese, Hinrichs 2
 Minnesota - Coleman, Williams 1

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – No. 13/16 Minnesota scored 40 points in the paint and held a 46-25 rebounding advantage over Lafayette as the Golden Gophers outmuscled the Leopards, 75-50, on Saturday evening at Williams Arena.

The Gophers’ bench outscored Lafayette’s reserves 42-1 on the night, led by Oto Osenieks’ 10-point performance. Joe Coleman netted 12 points for the home team, while Dan Trist led all scorers with 14 points on 6-of-8 shooting. Trist also pulled down a game- high seven rebounds, tying his career-best effort.

Trailing 6-4 at the first media timeout, Minnesota (12-1) strung together a 10-0 run that started with a three by Andre Hollins and ended with another by Maverick Ahanmisi at 12:54. Trist went on to score the next 10 points for Lafayette over a seven-minute stretch as Minnesota maintained its double-digit cushion.

Lafayette (5-9) struggled to find its range from behind the arc in the opening half, starting the game 0-for-7 before Ptasinski hit the Leopards’ first triple with 3:46 on the clock. The three made it 28-20 before Minnesota put in the next six points in the lane to take a 34-20 lead. The Gophers registered 20 of their 37 first-half points in the paint, while Lafayette hit just 1-of-11 from downtown in the period. Minnesota carried a 37-22 lead into the intermission, led by Coleman’s eight points on three dunks and a short jumper.

Minnesota’s dominance inside continued early in the second half, as Rodney Williams scored six straight, including a pair of slams, before a Coleman added consecutive buckets to give the Gophers a 20-point lead at 16:49.

The Leopards responded with eight of the next 10, on a Trist jumper and threes by Ptasinski and Seth Hinrichs, cutting the deficit to 49-35 with 13:22 remaining. Minnesota countered with a 9-0 spurt of its own to claim a 23-point lead midway through the second half, thanks to five points by Ahanmisi and an Andre Ingram flush.

Osenieks’ three-point play with 7:31 to play gave Minnesota its largest lead of the night (67-37), prior to Johnson’s right-wing three on the other end. Hinrichs followed a Minnesota miss with a three of his own to make it 69-43. Another Hinrichs trey pulled the Leopards within 24 (72-48), before Wally Elleneson connected from deep as Minnesota cruised to its eighth consecutive win.

The Leopards return to action after the Christmas holiday when they travel to Stanford, Calif. to play the Cardinal. Opening tip from Maples Pavilion is set for 10:30 p.m. ET and can be heard on

Game Notes:

Lafayette was 1-of-2 at the free throw line, while Minnesota drained 14 of its 25 attempts

Hinrichs matched his career high with two blocked shots

Levi Giese blocked two shots, giving him 71 for his career

Lafayette’s six rejections matched a season-high previously set at Monmouth (11/26)

Minnesota’s 46 rebounds were the most by a Lafayette opponent this season