Minnesota cruises past Montana 84-58

9:49 PM, Nov 12, 2013   |    comments
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MINNEAPOLIS - Andre Hollins scored 24 points, shooting 8 for 14 from the floor, to lead Minnesota to an 84-58 victory on Tuesday over Montana, an NCAA tournament team last season.

DeAndre Mathieu added 15 points and five assists for the Gophers (2-0), who used a 14-0 surge early in the second half to make a double-digit lead even safer. Minnesota finished 11 for 25 from 3-point range, and seven different players swished at least one shot from behind the arc.

In two games under coach Richard Pitino, the Gophers have shot 40 percent from 3-point range (20 for 50) to 27.4 for their opponents (14 for 51). They beat Lehigh 81-62 last week.

Kareem Jamar had 18 points and six rebounds for the Grizzlies (0-1) in their season opener, and Keron DeShields and Jordan Gregory each had eight points. They play Thursday at South Dakota State, another 2013 NCAA tournament entrant.

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