No. 21 Minnesota got off to a sluggish start against the North Florida Ospreys on Saturday at Williams Arena, but dominance on the offensive glass helped the Golden Gophers grab an 87-59 victory.
Minnesota trailed by as many as eight in the first half before springing to life on both ends of the floor. The Gophers used a 15-0 run to turn a 21-15 deficit into a 30-21 lead and held a 37-27 advantage at halftime. Minnesota then blew the game open in the second half.
Minnesota struggled shooting for much of the game, but the Gophers grabbed a whopping 21 offensive rebounds. Rodney Williams had six of those offensive rebounds, and he also led the team with 14 points on 6-of-14 shooting. Austin Hollins had 12 points, six rebounds and four blocks, while Trevor Mbakwe added 11 points and six rebounds off the bench for the Gophers.
Minnesota moved to 8-1 on the season thanks to their fourth straight win.
Parker Smith led North Florida with 22 points, but he shot just 6 of 19 from the field. The Ospreys dropped to 3-5.