Gophers trample Spiders to win third straight to open season


The Minnesota Gopher mens basketball team defeated Richmond 74-59 on Saturday night. A 19-0 run by the Gophers allowed them to close out the game in dramatic fashion.

The Pioneer Press reports the Gophers held Richmond scoreless for the final 7:24.

Andre Hollins scored 26 points to lead Minnesota, while Austin Hollins posted a double-double scoring 11 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. Malik Smith added 11 and Joey King 10 as they were the four Gophers in double figures.

The Gophers built a quick 14 point lead at 27-13 early in the game, but Richmond battled back to cut the lead to three at the half 40-37.

The teams exchanged leads back and forth throughout the second half, but the Gophers closed the game late on a 19-0 run. The run started with Minnesota trailing 59-55. An Andre Hollins jumper put the Gophers up for good at 61-59, and the Spiders didn't find the net the rest of the night.

Neither team shot very well, Minnesota shot just 37 percent from the floor on the night, and struggled further from behind the arc as they were just 7 of 25 from downtown.

But the Gophers won the game on the glass, out rebounding the Spiders 54-37. Minnesota finished with 19 offensive boards in the game.

Next Up

teacher, coronavirus, covid-19, school, classroom

Minneapolis Public Schools to bring middle, high students back in April

Distance learning will continue be offered to those who want it.

Karl-Anthony Towns, Andrew Wiggins

Timberwolves announce 2nd half schedule

The Timberwolves will play 37 games in 66 days to close out the season.

Chris Finch / Timberwolves

National Basketball Coaches Association criticizes Timberwolves' coaching search

The organization believes the Timberwolves failed "to conduct a through and transparent search" before hiring Chris Finch.

best buy

Best Buy announces bonuses of up to $500 for hourly workers

The retailer has seen business boom since the pandemic started, particularly online.


Burnsville PD: Customer sprayed chemical irritant at McDonald's workers

The incident happened in Burnsville over the weekend.

coronavirus, coronavirus test, covid-19

MN launches campaign to get students tested for COVID every 2 weeks

The state launched a youth testing campaign on Wednesday as part of its effort to control the spread of COVID.

jacob frey

Preparations for Derek Chauvin trial underway in Minneapolis

People will see "fortification" efforts and National Guard soldiers.

Willmar Police Department

Road rage leads to brawl at Willmar intersection, police say

The participants appeared to know each other, police said.

hazelewood burgers

3 Minnesota restaurants make it on 50 best burgers in America list

A travel website praised the restaurants' burgers in a recently released list.

Fire, firefighters

Firefighter critical after gun discharges during blaze, hitting him

The 35-year-old Cornell firefighter is hospitalized in critical condition