As expected, it was all Minnesota in the first exhibition game of the season as the Gophers took down the hated Concordia-St. Paul Golden Bears 106-58.
Jordan Murphy led all scorers with 22 points, Nate Mason flashed his shooting prowess and Gopher Nation was formally introduced to the Jelly in a blowout against the D-II opponent.
It’s hard to really trust your eyes in a game like this but at the very least it’s exciting to see the team firing on all cylinders and get a glimpse of everyone in action. It’s especially fun to get long looks at newcomers* Isaiah Washington, Jamir Harris and Davonte Fitzgerald who offered a preview of what’s to come.
Washington flashed his signature finger roll a couple times, and also dished out some pretty assists. Harris showed his long-ball ability, scoring 12 points on a couple of threes. And Fitzgerald made it through his first full game in two years, scoring nine points and grabbing a few rebounds. He looks way bigger than I thought he would
Murphy was unstoppable in his time on the court, scoring 22 points on 9/10 shooting and pulling down 11 boards. Mason scored 15, dished out five assists and grabbed six rebounds. Amir Coffey scored 10 and dished out six assists. Reggie Lynch dunked a few times.
And, hey! No one got hurt!
The Gophers face UW-Green Bay on Sunday in their second and final exhibition.