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Minnesota Vs. South Dakota State: Golden Gophers Win 71-55

The Minnesota Golden Gophers faced a legitimate challenge on Monday night but prevailed 71-55 against the visiting South Dakota State Jackrabbits. The win moved coach Tubby Smith and Minnesota to 2-0 on the season.

The game was a bit closer than the final score line would indicate however, as the Golden Gophers trailed 44-39 in the second half. But Minnesota went on an 18-1 second half run to pull away.

Senior forward Trevor Mbakwe paced Minnesota with 17 points on 6-7 shooting along with 10 rebounds, and three blocks. Senior Ralph Sampson III pitched in with 10 points on 5-7 shooting.

Junior guard Nate Wolters led San Diego State with 20 points and six assists.

Minnesota next plays on Thursday, Nov. 17 against Fairfield and then on Monday, Nov. 21 versus Mount St. Mary’s before taking to the road for the first time this season at DePaul on Thanksgiving Day.

Photographs by Micah Taylor, clairity, and Fibonacci Blue used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.