The No. 13 Minnesota Golden Gophers used a late first half run to propel themselves to a 70-57 win over the North Dakota State Bison at home on Tuesday night.
Rodney Williams Jr. led the Golden Gophers with 19 points on 8-of-14 shooting, adding six rebounds and three steals as well. Andre Hollins added 11 points and six assists.
The Golden Gophers took a 37-26 lead into the halftime break. Up three with about two-and-a-half minutes left in the opening frame, Minnesota used an 8-0 run to end the half to give themselves momentum and breathing room heading into the locker room. Andre Hollins drilled a pair of three-pointers in that span, and Mbakwe added a dunk and a block in between to add to the late Golden Gopher surge.