Another strong effort by the freshmen starters in Richard Pitino's lineup as the Gophers defeated the Utah Utes 78-69 Monday night at Williams Arena.
Daniel Oturu, a freshman center from Cretin-Derham Hall, finished with 13 points and four blocks. The other true freshman in the starting lineup, shooting guard Gabe Kalscheur (DeLaSalle), connected on five 3-pointers and finished with 19 points on 6-of-8 shooting.
All-Big Ten power forward Jordan Murphy, meanwhile, stuffed the stat sheet with 11 points, 17 rebounds and five assists. Murphy led the Big Ten with 24 double-doubles last season.
Amir Coffey added 14 points and six assists in his second game as Minnesota's starting point guard.
Minnesota is now 2-0 with their next game coming Sunday at home against Texas A&M (1-1).
The Aggies just lost last weekend on a buzzer-beater against the University of California-Irvine, and they'll enter Williams Arena just three days after facing No. 3-ranked Gonzaga on the road (Thursday).