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          === Gophers overwhelm Lafayette for eighth straight win ===
 
 Minneapolis,  MN (Sports  Network) - Joe Coleman led 11 Minnesota scorers with
 12  points  and the  No.  13  Golden  Gophers concluded  their  non-conference
 schedule with a 75-50 thumping of the Lafayette Leopards on Saturday.
 
 In  helping Minnesota  (12-1) claim its eighth straight win, Coleman connected
 on 6-of-8 shots from the field, while the Gophers also received 10 points from
 Oto  Osenieks and eight points apiece from Rodney Williams, Maurice Walker and
 Maverick Ahanmisi.
 
 "We're  just  showing consistency in  how we're playing," said Coleman. "We're
 not  differentiating how  we're playing.  I  think it  just shows  consistency
 within our team, which is good."
 
 After  winning back-to-back  games,  the  Leopards (5-9)  were  held to  their
 second-lowest  point  total of  the season  with Dan  Trist, Seth Hinrichs and
 Joey Ptasinski combining for 35 points.
 
 Trist  led the team with 14 points, while Hinrichs and Ptasinski scored 11 and
 10, respectively, in defeat.
 
 "We  were a little bit slow in the first half, and I think we did a better job
 in  the second  half  of  executing plays,"  said  Lafayette  head coach  Fran
 O'Hanlon.  "Minnesota is a good basketball team. There's a reason they're 12-1
 and 13th in the nation."
 
 After an 11-day layoff, the Golden Gophers came out a bit rusty, but it didn't
 take long for them to find their groove.
 
 Lafayette  grabbed a 6-4 edge four minutes in, but Minnesota then ripped off a
 10-0  run, with  Andre Hollins and Ahanmisi bookending the flurry with triples
 to give the Golden Gophers a 14-6 lead.
 
 Following  six straight  points, Minnesota extended its advantage to 15 before
 Ptasinski  drained  a 3-pointer to cap  a 7-0 spurt for the Leopards, bringing
 them to within 28-20.
 
 However,  Minnesota scored  nine of the final 11 points  to take a 37-22  lead
 into halftime.
 
 The Leopards were unable dig themselves out of the hole and trailed by double-
 digits  the  entire the  second half.  Of their  47 field  goals, 23 were from
 downtown,  where they shot just 30.4 percent for the game. They also committed
 18  turnovers --  which the  Golden Gophers  converted into  15 points  -- and
 received just a single-point from their bench.
 
 Meanwhile,  Minnesota got excellent play from its reserves, as they totaled 42
 points for the night.
 
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Saturday's  matchup was the first ever meeting between the two schools ... The
 Leopards  fell to 0-7  on the road this season ... Of Minnesota's 40 rebounds,
 21 of them came off the offensive glass ... Lafayette totaled just 22 rebounds
 for the game.
 
 12/22 22:54:54 ET

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