These Gophers are starting to look like something special. They took the lead for good at #11 Illinois at 19-18 and led 34-30 at the half. The lead hit double figures at 42-32 but Illinois roared back to within 2 at 44-42. 4 minutes later it was 58-47 and the closest the Illini got after that was 9 as the Gophers made 15-of-16 2nd half FT.
Player of the Day: Joe Coleman scored 29 points, 25 in the 2nd half. Trevor Mbakwe scored 19 with 11 boards, and Andre Hollins had 22 with 6 assists. Coach of the Day: Ruth Sinn, St. Thomas women, who routed Gustavus in St. Peter 65-43 in the battle of MIAC unbeatens.