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Minnesota Basketball: Gophers Take Care of Business Routing Florida Atlantic 90-65

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Depleted roster dominates the Owls of FAU

NCAA Basketball: Florida Atlantic at Minnesota Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

Michael Hurt got his second consecutive start with Dupree McBrayer missing another game and Nate Mason missed much of the second half with an injury. But the depleted Gophers dismantled the Florida Atlantic Owls 90-65 at the Barn on Satruday afternoon.

The most notable moment of the game came early in the second half when Nate Mason went down awkwardly and was helped off the court while unable to put any weight on his left leg. More to come on that when we know more.

QUOTABLE: When asked about leading the country in rebounding, Jordan Murphy had this to say...

“It would give me a great sense of pride just knowing it’s something i've really put my mind to, and I've really worked to make it the forefront of my game. As long as it leads to helping the team wins. That’s my biggest concern, making sure it helps the team win.”

THE STAT: Jordan Murphy continued his dominance with his 14th double-double of the season with 14 points and 11 boards tonight in only 22 minutes of game action tonight. Starting the season with a double-double in 14 straight games is unusual and impressive.

TURNING POINT: Opening tip and this game was put out of reach early.

HOT: Nate Mason makes 5 of 9 threes and leads the team in scoring with 17 points in 21 minutes of game action.

GOOD MOVE: Not exactly a specific move, but this was a great game for Coach Pitino to develop his bench. Michael Hurt got the start and played 27 solid minutes. Jamir Harris played 20, Bakary Konate got to see 19 and Davonte Fitzgerald played 18. Even if against a weaker opponent, this was a good game to get those guys more comfortable at game speed.

UP NEXT: Another week to get better and recover before the Gophers host Harvard next Saturday. Then it is time for Big Ten games for the remainder of the season.