Friday, January 18, 2013

The Big Game Jan. 17--Michigan men 83 Minnesota Gophers 75

For the second time in as many games, the Minnesota Gopher men dug themselves a nice, deep hole that, despite a furious 2nd half rally, they were unable to find a way out of. (Pardon my grammar.) Michigan led by as many as 19 points in the 2nd half (56-37 at 13:36 and 58-39 at 12:31).

A 16-6 run, with Austin Hollins scoring 9 points and Andre 5, got Minnesota within single digits as early as 8:13. But they didn't get any closer than that until 77-70 at 2:43 on a pair of Rodney Williams buckets. But that's as close as they would get. The final was 83-75.

Austin Hollins led the Gophers with 21 points, 6 boards and 4 steals. Trevor Mbakwe scored 13 with 10 boards and 5 blocked shots.

Turnovers again were a problem. The margin was just 15 for Minnesota and 12 for Michigan, but ours hurt more, to the tune of a 24-15 Wolverines margin on points off of those turnovers.

Player of the Day: Austin Hollins 21 points 6 boards 4 steals

Coach of the Day: Ashlee Zupancich coached North Woods (located in Cook, MN) to a 52-50 upset of #1A Mountain Iron-Buhl.

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