Friday, November 23, 2012

That's Better

I mean the Gopher men 84 Memphis 75.

And I mean the Gopher women 80 James Madison 62.

Both lost yesterday and both regained their self-respect today.

Men 84 Memphis 75

For the men, Andre Hollins exploded with a 41-point effort on 7-of-11 2s and 5-for-5 3-points, plus 12-of-13 FT. Hollins fell just 1 point short of the school record held jointly (I think) by Eric Magdanz and Ollie Shannon. (News reports for today's game mention Shannon but not Magdanz.)

Memphis took a 6-0 lead. The Gophers caught up at 17-all, the took a 6-point lead by finishing an 11-1 run. Memphis took the lead 4 times thereafter at 29-28, 37-35, 38-37 and 68-67. Every time the Gophers responded with a 5 or 6-0 run to lead 33-29, 48-38 and 73-68. Of those 18 crucial points, Andre hit a 2 and a pair of 3s while Rodney Williams had a pair of buckets.

After Andre, Rodney scored 13, while Trevor Mbakwe and Rodney led with 8 and 6 boards, and Austin Hollins and Joe Coleman led with 5 and 4 assists. Austin added 6 steals and Rodney 3 blocks.

Women 80 James Madison 62

For the women, Banham and Kionna Kellogg, who frankly has been struggling a bit of late, combined for 40 points. Kellogg added 12 boards and Banham 5 assists.

Like the men, the women fell behind early, 6-2, and only caught up at 14-all. But late in the 1st half it was 41-22 Minnesota. J Mad got back within 9 with 10:22 remaining, but Sari Noga hit a 3, Rachel Banham got a steal and a breakaway 2. A few minutes later it was 68-56.

After shooting 31 percent last night, the Gopher women shot 53 percent today, and they hammered J Mad on the boards 51-37. There were still too many turnovers, 20, to just 13 for J Mad.

Shayne Mullaney continued her climb up the Gophers depth chart. She was the 1st Gopher off the bench today and finished with the 5th most minutes at 28. She finished with 4 points, 5 boards, 2 assists, a steal and 1 turnover.

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