Minnesota blows out Wofford 79-57 in Maui warm-up

9:10 PM, Nov 21, 2013   |    comments
  • Minnesota Golden Gophers center Elliott Eliason (55) and forward Oto Osenieks (10) celebrate during the first half against the Wofford Terriers at Williams Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports
  • Wofford Terriers forward Lee Skinner (34) attempts to shoot over Minnesota Golden Gophers forward Oto Osenieks (10) and guard Wally Ellenson (3) during the first half at Williams Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports
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MINNEAPOLIS - Elliott Eliason had 11 points, 11 rebounds and a career-high seven blocks to lead Minnesota to an easy 79-57 victory over Wofford on Thursday.

Austin Hollins led the Gophers (5-0) with 18 points, and he grabbed eight rebounds, too. Oto Osenieks had a career-high 14 points, and Deandre Mathieu added 10 points. Making well-timed cuts and drives to the basket, the Gophers were as crisp on offense as they've been all season with give-and-go passes working to near-perfection.

Minnesota had 20 assists on 30 baskets and just eight turnovers.

Lee Skinner led the Terriers (1-3) with 18 points and seven rebounds, and Spencer Collins and Eric Garcia each added 10 points.

This was a good way for the Gophers to build some momentum for the Maui Invitational next week, with a game against ninth-ranked Syracuse set for Monday.

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