Kevin Love, Timberwolves, Player of the Month
Rachel Banham, Lakeville North girls
Michael Beasley, Timberwolves
Blake Hoffarber, Gopher men
Trevor Mbakwe, Gopher men
Aubrey Davis, Eden Prairie girls
China Antoine, Gopher women
Kiara Buford, Gopher women
Leah Cotton, Gopher women
Anthony Tucker, Winona State men
Angie Jetvig, Moorhead State women
Ralph Sampson, Gopher men
Katie Loberg, Gopher women
Alyssa Smith, MN West women
Andy Burns, St. John's men
Coach of the Month
1. Tubby Smith, Gopher men, Coach of the Month
2. Brian Cosgriff, Hopkins girls
3. Mike Leaf, Winona State men
4. Steve Fritz, St. Thomas men
5. Mike Fury, Minnesota West (JC) women
6. Mike Durbin, St. Ben's women
7. Andy Berkvam, Lakeville North girls
8. Chris Carr, Eden Prairie girls
9. Rich Glas, Concordia (Moorhead) men
10. Pam Borton, Gopher women
Team of the Month
1. Hopkins girls 2-0
2. Lakeville North girls 2-0
3. Gopher men 8-1 including exhibitions
4. Eden Prairie girls 1-0
5. Winona State men 6-1 including exhibitions
6. St. Thomas men 5-0
7. Minnesota West (JC) women 5-2
8 (tie). Mankato State men (5-1 including exhibitions) and women (3-1)
9 (tie). St. Olaf men (4-0) and women (3-1)
10. Gopher women 6-3 including exhibitions
Game of the Month
1. Minnesota Gopher men 72 North Carolina 67
2. Minnesota Gopher men 74 West Virginia 70
3. Wisconsin-Stevens Point women 72 St. Thomas 67 in 1st game at Anderson Athletic Center
4. Minnesota Timberwolves 112 New York Knicks 103 as Love goes 31/31
5. Minnesota Gopher men 93 Western Kentucky 77
6. Hopkins girls 72 White Bear Lake 40
7. Lakeville North girls 68 Osseo 47
8. Minnesota Gopher men 78 Winona State 72
9. Minnesota Timberwolves 98 Sacramento Kings 89
10. Eden Prairie girls 77 Prior Lake 58
History in the Making
1. Kevin Love's 31/31 game against NY Knicks
2. Gopher men knock off North Carolina and West Virginia, attain #15 ranking (best since 1982)
3. Minnesota Lynx win #1 pick in 2011 draft (Mya Moore sweepstakes)
4. 1st intercollegiate basketball at St. Thomas' Anderson Athletic and Rec Center
5. Mike Beasley's 42 pt game (followed by 35)
The Big Game, and Player and Coach of the Day
11/30--Eden Prairie girls 77 Prior Lake 58. The Eagles were in mid-season form, and new coach Chris Carr has transfer Aubrey Davis and the returning members of the team all on the same page, if that was a concern. Player of the Day: Aubrey Davis, Eden Prairie, hit 3 3s in the 1st 9 minutes, and 13 1st half points to lead the Eagles. Her final totals were 15 points, 3 steals, 2 boards, 2 assists and a block. Coach of the Day: Chris Carr, Eden Prairie girls. I wrote a full report of this game for my buddy Kevin Anderson, you can read it at kjasr.com
11/29--Virginia men 87 Minnesota Gophers 79. On Monday morning, you're 6-0 and #15 in the nation, your highest rating in 28 years. On Monday evening, you're just fodder for the ACC in the ACC/Big Ten challenge and for a 3-3 ACC squad at that. The Cavaliers hit 10-of-13 3's and burned the Gopher defense for 58 2nd half points. Minnesota led 22-9 early, but Virginia out-scored the Gophers 26-6 over a 10 minute period of the 2nd half to lead 68-54. The closest the Gophers got after that was at 73-67. Player of the Day: Anthony Tucker, Winona State men, is a prime candidate for NSIC player of the year. Tonight he showed why with 20 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists in just 18 minutes as the Warriors hammered Clarke College 111-66. Coach of the Day: Kevin Schlagel and St. Cloud State also won easily, 88-54 over St. Scholastica for the Huskies' 1st win of the season.
Moorhead State men 68
Gustavus Adolphus 57. The D2 Dragons lost at D3 Concordia (Moorhead) earlier in the week, and they weren't going to let it happen again, not at home. So Moorhead pulled away from a 53-55 deficit at 9:55, outscoring Gustavus 15-2 the rest of the way. That's right, 2 points in 9:55. Andy Burns, St. John's 35 pts, 4 reb, 8 asts, 0 turnovers in 90-97 win at the University of Chicago. Chad Walthall, Moorhead State men, now 3-1 in his 1st year at the helm.
11/27--Lakeville North girls and Rachel Banham 68 Banham's future U of M teammate Mikayla Bailey and Osseo 47 at Pat Paterson Memorial, Hamline University. Yesterday no less than 15 girls scored for Lakeville North, led by sophomore F Simone Kolander with 14. She's Chad Kolander's daughter and the Panthers' next superstar. Player of the Day: But for now, Banham is the star, and today she out-scored her future teammate a decisive 27-4 to lead her team to the win. Coach of the Day: Andy Berkvam, Lakeville North girls.
11/26--Hopkins girls 72 White Bear Lake 40. 13 different girls scored for the Royals as they dismantled the defending state runners-up. And, yes, Alexis Foley played for the Bears, apparently not hurt as rumors had it. Player of the Day: Jenna Dockter, Eastview girls 21 pts in 60-41 shellacking of Centennial. Coach of the Day: Brian Cosgriff, Hopkins girls.
11/24--Gopher men 84
North Dakota State 65. Gophers closed the 1st half on a 20-3 run to get to 42-26, then led by as much as 22 at 8 81-59.
Blake Hoffarber did it again for the Gopher men with 24 points and 4 assists, and Kevin Love did it again for the Timberwolves with 32 points and 22 rebounds. The Wolves, for the record, snatched defeat from the jaws of victory, never trailing until inside of 1 minute...in OT! Tubby Smith, Gopher men.
11/23--Concordia (Moorhead) men 83
Moorhead State 78. The Cobbers came back from 10 points down with a 24-9 run over the final 6:31. Angie Jetvig and the Moorhead State women fared better, beating Mayville State 98-72 as Jetvig got career highs in points (25) and rebounds (16). Rich Glas, Concordia (Moorhead) men
11/22--Oklahoma City Thunder 117
Minnesota Timberwolves 107. It was a game of runs, and Oklahoma City got the last one. The Wolves roared back from a 77-59 deficit in the 3rd, to a 101-95 lead in the 4th, but couldn't make it stand up. The Thunder closed on a 22-6 run as the Wolves missed 10-of-their-last-13 shots with 3 turnovers. Kevin Love, Wolves 24 pts, 17 boards. Dan Kosmoski, St. Olaf men, moved to 3-0 with an 82-38 thrashing of Martin Luther.
11/21--Gopher men 74 West Virginia 70 for the championship of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off. There were 9 lead changes and 10 ties. Blake Hoffarber hit a game-winning 3, putting the Gophers ahead 73-70 at 1:31. Trevor Mbakwe, Gopher men 16 pts, 7 reb today, 46 pts, 26 reb in the 3 tournament games, named tournament MVP. Tubby Smith, Gopher men.
Gopher women 76
UW Milwaukee 53. The Gophers dominated, running out to a 37-20 half-time lead. They shot 52 percent from the field, and assisted on 25 of 30 FG. The amazing 5-foot-3 China Antoine, Gopher women, finished with 17 points, 11 assists, 6 boards, a block and a steal. After hitting 6-of-7 3's the other day, today she made 5-of-6. Mike Durbin, St. Ben's women, won 2 games down at Emory U. in Atlanta to go 3-0 for the 1st time since 2004.
11/19--Gopher men 72 North Carolina 67. The Tar Heels' last lead was at 23-22 late in the 1st half. The last 3 times the Tar Heels tied it up (at 24-24, 27-27 and 41-41), Blake Hoffarber hit a 3 every time. And when Carolina got within 3 (at 62-59), Hoffarber hit a pair of FT and Minnesota built its biggest lead of the night at 10 points at 69-59. Blake Hoffarber, Gopher men 20 pts. Tubby Smith, Gopher men.
11/18--Minnesota Gopher men 93 Western Kentucky 77. Forget about Tubby's platoon-ball. 5 starters played an average of 34 minutes and all 5 scored in double figures. 5 guys came off the bench for an average of 6 minutes and just scored in double figures (10 points) collectively. The Gophers shot 62.5 percent to the Hilltoppers' 37.5 percent, and a good thing, too, as Western got 8 more offensive boards, 4 fewer turnovers and 16 more shots.
Ralph Sampson, Gopher men. 22 pts, 8 reb, 7 blks. Kerri Stockwell, Hamline women. Lost at #6 Wisconsin-Stevens Point 88-69 in her 2nd game as Pipers coach.
11/17--Gopher women 73 Pittsburgh 63. The Gophers played with an aggressive, confident and spirited style that Pam Borton's teams haven't shown in several years. China Antoine, Gopher women 18 pts, 5 asts, 3 reb, 2 stls, 0 turnovers. Pam Borton, Gopher women. I shipped my full report over to my buddy Kevin Anderson's Web site. You can read it at http://www.kjasr.com/ or click on Kevin Anderson's Blog over on the right hand side of this page.
11/16--St. Thomas men 76 Concordia-St. Paul 72. The Tommies continued their recent tradition of an early season win at a D2 opponent. This time they led most of the way, by as many as 11, but hung on at the end. Shooting 53 percent overall, 50 percent from behind the arc and 85 percent from the charity stripe didn't hurt. Anders Halvorsen, St. Thomas 14 pts, 7 boards. Steve Fritz, St. Thomas.
11/15--Wisconsin-Stevens Point women 72 St. Thomas 67. The Tommies led most of the way, but the #6 Pointers finished the game on an 11-3 run. FT (11-of-23) and turnovers (20) hurt the Tommies, and Point scored off 2 turnovers to take their 1st lead of the 2nd half at 67-64. The Tommies then missed 5-of-6 FT down the stretch. This was the 1st intercollegiate ballgame ever at the Tommies' sparkling new $52 million Anderson Athletic and Recreation Center. Blake Hoffarber did it all (16 pts, 6 board, 7 assists, 3 stls) as the Gopher men averted an upset at the hands of Siena 76-69. Annette Wiles, Minnesota-Duluth women.
11/14--Wisconsin-Green Bay women 79 Minnesota Gophers 75. Katie Loberg went down with a knee injury and it looked serious. She did not play vs. Pitt but she's now said to be day-to-day. The Gophers trailed by 16 with 8:42 to go, and stormed back to make a game of it as Kiara Buford and Leah Cotton combined for 45 points. Kevin Love, Timberwolves 22 pts, 17 reb. Brad Bigler, Southwest Minnesota State men.
11/13--Gopher women 79 Northern Illinois 58. Pam Borton's Gophers steadlily pulled away from the Huskies, leading by as many as 12 in the first half and 42-30 at the half. Then, pulling out to 2nd half leads of 14, 15, 16, 18, 20 and, finally, 21 points, the largest lead coming as the final score. Kiara Buford, Gopher women 22 pts, 4 stls. Pam Borton, Gopher women.
11/12--Gopher men hang on to beat Wofford 69-55, while Timberwolves come roaring back from a 75-55 3rd quarter deficit to beat the New York Knicks 112-103 as Michael Beasley and Kevin Love combined for 66 points (Beasley 77 points in 2 nights). Kevin Love, Wolves 31 pts, 31 reb, the 1st 30-30 game in the NBA since Moses Malone in 1982. Kurt Rambis, Timberwolves.
11/10--Timberwolves 98 Sacramento Kings 89. The Wolves were overdue, breaking a 17 game road losing streak going back to last year. The Wolves out-scored the Kings 34-21 the rest of the way after trailing 68-64 with 5:07 remaining in the 3rd. Michael Beasley, Timberwolves, 17 1st quarter points as the Wolves jumped out to 10-2 and 22-17 leads, then 9, 8 and 7 pts in the ensuing 3 quarters for a career-high total of 42 pts. Kurt Rambis, Timberwolves.
11/9--LA Lakers 99 Timberwolves 94. If T-Wolves and Kevin Love played the rest of their schedule this tough, they'd have a couple more wins. Telfair replaced the injured Ridnour in the starting lineup and added 13 points and 9 assists. Still, the Wolves fall to 1-7. Kevin Love, Timberwolves 23 pts, 24 reb. Kurt Rambis, Timberwolves
11/8--Gopher men 78 Winona State 72. It was pretty ugly, the Warriors out-scoring the Gophers 28-15 down the stretch to make a game of it. Anthony Tucker, Winona State 24 pts, 5 assists, 3 steals. Mike Leaf, Winona State men.
11/7--Gopher women 90 Minnesota-Crookston 58. Jineen Williams, Concordia-St. Paul, 23 pts in 101-59 loss at Iowa. Mike Roysland, Minnesota-Crookston women.
11/6--Bemidji State men 87 Wisconsin-Superior 72. Anthony Brant, Mankato State 14 pts, 8 assists. Matt Bowen, Bemidji State men.
11/5--Minnesota West (Junior College) women 70 Madison Tech 68. Lady Jays shock defending national JC champs, with 3 starters back. Alyssa Smith, MN West 17 pts, 9 reb, 5 stls. Mike Fury, MN West women.
11/4--Wisconsin women 82 Winona State 53. Andrea Walsh, Mankato State 14 pts, 4 reb. Mike Curfman, Bemidji State women.
11/3--Gopher women 75 Southwest Minnesota State 48. Gophers put it away with 20-5 run to start the 2nd half. Katie Loberg 17 pts 10 reb. Pam Borton, Gopher women.
11/2--Lynx win WNBA draft lottery, meaning they will get to pick Maya Moore with the 1st pick in the 2011 draft. Blake Hoffarber, Gopher men 20 pts. Tubby Smith, Gopher men.
10/31--South Dakota State women 83 St. Cloud State 62 (exhibition).
10/30--Memphis Grizzlies 109 Timberwolves 89. Ouch. Down 34-19 after 1, the Wolves were never in this one. Former Wolf for a day, now Grizzlie, O.J. Mayo 29 pts
10/29--Timberwolves 96 Milwaukee Bucks 85. 22-8 run to end the 2nd was the difference. Michael Beasley, Wolves 21 pts. Kurt Rambis, Wolves
10/28--Jamestown women 80 Bemidji State 75 (overtime) (exhibition). Bridget Schuneman, Jamestown (Centennial HS) 12 pts, 13 reb
10/27--Sacramento Kings 117 Timberwolves 116. This is one they coulda/shoulda won, playing at home against a team whose best player, Tyreke Evans, was out. Coach Kurt Rambis sat the Wolves' best player Kevin Love for the final 9 minutes of the game. Luke Ridnour, Wolves 20 pts, 6 assists