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Gophers Control Game From Opening Tip, Defeat Franklin Pierce 109-57

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THE FACTS: The Gophers scheduled a Division II team and they took care of business from the opening tip till the final second.  Minnesota used a huge run early to open up a sizeable lead and from that point on it was never in doubt as the Gophers cruised to a 109-57 win over Franklin Pierce.

QUOTABLE: Most of the Gophers were rather thrilled for the performance by walk-on, Kendal Shell.  Andre Hollins had this to say, "Kendal man, he had a great game, it was good to see him out there getting shots off. Ya, we work on every game individual work outs so I mean it is routine for him really. He hit a nice move on the baseline with a step right jumper, I mean it was fun for him."

THE STAT: Three-point shooting was a pretty stark difference tonight.  The Golden Gophers made 11 of 15 attempts (73%) while Franklin Pierce shot just 7/27 (26%).

TURNING POINT: Tip off.

BAD MOVE: Scheduling a DII opponent.

NOTABLE: The team had 28 assists on the game.  Very nice execution of the offense and sharing the ball.

UP NEXT: Gopher host UMBC on Saturday at 7:30