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
"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
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.
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.