staff, January 29, 2013

Rodney Williams snapped out of a funk to score 23 points and No. 23 Minnesota got a much-needed confidence boost with an 84-65 victory over Nebraska on Tuesday night. Andre Hollins scored 14 points and Austin Hollins had 13 points and five assists for the Golden Gophers (16-5, 4-4 Big Ten), who snapped a four-game losing skid that caused them to plummet in the rankings.

Ray Gallegos scored 30 points for Nebraska (11-11, 2-7), which committed 13 turnovers to offset some impressive shooting. The Huskers shot 54.5 percent for the game, but were outrebounded 36-19 and forced just six turnovers by Minnesota.

Gallegos, who made 12 of 17 shots including six 3-pointers, didn't get much help. Brandon Ubel scored 13 points and Shavon Shields had 10.


Rodney Williams soars for fifth dunk of game:

Austin Hollins drives, dunks:

Brandon Ubel spins for two-handed dunk:

Ray Gallegos long jumper gives him 20 first-half points:

Austin Hollins chips in with a putback of his own:

Trevor Mbakwe and Rodney Williams go for back-to-back dunks:

Rodney Williams opens game with dunk:

Here are some tweets from the game:

FINAL: Ray Gallegos poured in a career-high 30 points for Nebraska, but it was not enough as No. 23 Minnesota cruised to a 84-65 victory Tuesday at Williams Arena in Minneapolis. The Gophers (16-5) hit 54 percent of their field goals (32-of-59) and still grabbed 18 offensive rebounds. Rodney Williams Jr. sparked Minnesota with 23 points – one away from tying his career-high – and six rebounds. The Golden Gophers also got double-digit efforts from Andre Hollins (14 points) and Austin Hollins (11 points). Brandon Ubel was 6-of-7 from the floor and chipped in 13 points for Nebraska (11-11), which hit 55 percent from the field (24-of-44). More Nebraska scoring came from Shavon Shields (10 points).

HALFTIME: Rodney Williams Jr. scored 19 points for No. 24 Minnesota in the first half to carry the Golden Gophers to a 44-35 lead over Nebraska. Minnesota dominated on the glass in the first half, outrebounding the Cornhuskers 18-11. The Golden Gophers, who didn't trail and led by as many as 15 points, built their lead by attacking the rim and getting to the foul line (11-of-15). Ray Gallegos led the way for the Cornhuskers in the first half, with 20 points and three rebounds. The Golden Gophers made 15 of 24 two-point shots in the first half, but shot 1-of-5 from beyond the arc. Minnesota goes into the break with the offensive rebounding advantage, with nine to the Cornhuskers' three.

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