Gophers hold court against St. Peter's

Ralph Sampson III led the way with 15 points, eight rebounds and four blocks as Minnesota beats St. Peter's 69-47. The Gophers become the first team in the NCAA to win 10 games.
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Ralph Sampson III led the way with 15 points, eight rebounds and four blocks as Minnesota beats St. Peter's 69-47. The Gophers become the first team in the NCAA to win 10 games.

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