THE FACTS: Minnesota played their third game in five days and struggled shooting the ball but still had little trouble holding off Maryland Baltimore County defeating the Retrievers 51-69. UMBC jumped to an early lead as Minnesota started sluggish but the Gophers took the lead in the first half and never really looked back. Maurice Walker took advantage of a Gopher size advantage leading Minnesota with 15 points.
QUOTABLE: Mo Walker on what the team needs to do moving forward. "Just staying consistent. Keeping it deep defensively. Keeping the ball moving offensively. I think the guys are doing a great job sharing the ball, you know, DeAndre had a bunch of assists out there today. I think we're all really looking for each other and playing unselfish"
THE STAT: There were a couple of big stat differentials. The Gophers utilized 40-14 points in the paint domination to help hold off UMBC. Turnovers were low for the Gophers (just 8) and really high for the Retrivers (23).
TURNING POINT: With about 5 min left in the first half, the Gophers took the lead on a Mo Walker lay-up and they wouldn't trail the rest of the game slowly building their lead to the 18-point win.
NOTABLE: Not much to say really. UMBC is not particularly good and the Gophers slowly put them away throughout all 40 minutes.
UP NEXT: St. John's Red Storm (3-0) on Wednesday in New York City. That game will be followed by either #13 Gonzaga (3-0) or Georgia (2-1) and then that game is followed by Wake Forest (2-2) as part of the Big Ten / ACC Challenge. Three straight resume boosting wins are out there for the taking.