Minnesota trounces Penn State on Senior Day

Trevor Mbakwe had 13 points and 13 rebounds and Minnesota held Penn State scoreless for the first 11 minutes of the game to cruise to a 73-44 victory on Saturday. Julian Welch had 10 points and seven assists and Rodney Williams had 10 points and seven rebounds for the Golden Gophers (20-9, 8-8 Big Ten), who didn’t let the Nittany Lions spoil their Senior Day.

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D.J. Newbill scored 15 points for Penn State (9-19, 1-15) but made just 2 of 16 field goals, and the Lions weren’t able to sneak up on Minnesota like they did No. 4 Michigan earlier this week.

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Joe Coleman elevates for two-handed flush:

Rodney Williams rises for jam, And-1:

Rodney Williams’ highlight-reel alley-oop:

Trevor Mbakwe gets final dunk at Williams Arena:

FINAL: Trevor Mbakwe scored 13 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to help Minnesota top Penn State, 73-44, on Saturday at Williams Arena. Minnesota (20-9) also got double-digit contributions from Andre Hollins (11 points), Joe Coleman (12 points), and Rodney Williams Jr. and Julian Welch, who each scored 10. Mbakwe pulled down 13 rebounds. The Golden Gophers held Penn State (9-19) to 27 percent shooting from the field and hauled in 34 defensive boards, while only allowing nine offensive rebounds. Minnesota hit 50 percent of its field goals (27-of-54). The Nittany Lions shot 15-of-23 from the free throw line. Penn State tallied nine assists on 13 baskets. The Nittany Lions got double-digit efforts from Jermaine Marshall (10 points) and D.J. Newbill (15 points).

HALFTIME: Minnesota held Penn State’s offense to 22 percent shooting, helping the Golden Gophers to a 34-12 halftime advantage. Minnesota controlled the boards, outrebounding the Nittany Lions 23-13 in the first half. The Golden Gophers, who never trailed in the first half and led by as many as 22 points, were led by Trevor Mbakwe’s seven points and seven rebounds. Minnesota had eight offensive rebounds in the first half, leading to second-chance opportunities and racked up 11 assists on 13 baskets. Brandon Taylor led the way for Penn State in the first half, with two points and three rebounds.

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