Tubby Smith's Minnesota Gopher men successfully opened their 2012-2013 season with an 81-56 exhibition win over Mankato State, as 14 Gophers played and 13 of them scored. The Gophers out-shot Mankato 72 percent to 22 in the 1st half for a 42-22 halftime lead. The biggest lead was at 69-35 and 73-39.
Joe Coleman led the Gophers with 21 points on 8-of-10 shooting. No other Gopher scored in double figures. Austin Hollins had the 2nd best line with 9 points, 9 assists and a 9-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio.
C- Elliott Eliason 17 minutes Mo Walker 9 Andre Ingram 14
Eliason scored just 2 points on 1-for-1 shooting, but added 7 boards, a block and a steal. Mo Walker was solid in his return from almost 2 years off, but played only 9 minutes as his weight and conditioning continue to be a concern. Ingram was solid with 6 points on 3-of-5 shooting.
PF- Rodney Williams 15 Trevor Mbakwe 11 Charles Buggs 10 Chris Halvorsen 3 Ingram 1
Williams had 8 points of 4-of-6 shooting. Mbakwe was a bit tentative on his surgically repaired knee. Buggs had 2 points on 1-of-1 shooting with no boards.
Wing- Joe Coleman 24 Oto Osieniks 16
Coleman was good. Osieniks was good, too, with 6 points of 2-of-6 shooting, 4 boards, an assist and a steal.
PG- Austin Hollins 23 Maverick Ahanmisi 17
I've already mentioned Hollins' line. Mav was good, too, with 5 points on 2-of-5 shooting, 3 boards, 3 assists and even 2 blocked shots.
SG- Andre Hollins 16 Julian Welch 18 Ahanmisi 3 Kendall Shell 3
Andre scored 4 on 2-of-3 shooting, with 2 steals. Welch scored 4 on 2-of-4 shooting with 4 boards, 3 assists and a steal.
Thing to Work On
1. FREE THROW SHOOTING! 5-for-10.
2. Gave up 14 offensive boards.