staff, December 22, 2012

Starting guard Joe Coleman scored 12 points, and No. 13/16 Minnesota got 42 points from its reserves in a 75-50 rout of Lafayette on Saturday night. Otto Osenieks added 10 points for the Gophers (12-1), who have won eight straight.

Minnesota led by 15 at halftime before stretching its lead soon after the break. Rodney Williams scored six points, and Coleman added four, including a steal and dunk, as the Gophers went ahead by 20 and cruised the rest of the way.

Osenieks scored while being knocked to the floor and made the ensuing free throw to cap a 16-4 run that put Minnesota up 67-37 with 7:31 to play. Wally Ellenson scored on a reverse dunk two minutes later.


Wally Ellenson backward dunk:

Andre Ingram finally put it down for Gophers:

Andre Ingram powerful putback:

Rodney Williams putback:

Joe Coleman baseline flush:

Joe Coleman steal and slam:

Rodney Williams soars for slam:

Joe Coleman throws down in transition:

Rodney Williams one-handed slam:

Oto Osenieks dunks on the break:

Joe Coleman rises for dunk:

FINAL: Lafayette could not keep up with No. 16 Minnesota, as the Golden Gophers cruised to a 75-50 win on Saturday at Williams Arena in Minneapolis. Joe Coleman sparked Minnesota, as he scored 12 points, corralled four rebounds, and made 6-of-8 shots from the floor in the win. The Golden Gophers had 17 assists on 28 baskets and grabbed 29 offensive rebounds. The Golden Gophers also got a double-digit game from Oto Osenieks (10 points).

HALFTIME: No. 16 Minnesota went on a 9-2 run to close the first half on a high note and leads Lafayette 37-22. The Golden Gophers controlled the boards, outrebounding the Leopards 21-10 in the first half. Minnesota applied the pressure in the first half, earning second-chance opportunities with 12 offensive rebounds, to just four for Lafayette. The Golden Gophers registered 10 assists on 14 field goals. Joe Coleman is putting together a nice game so far for Minnesota, with eight points and three rebounds.

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