After three straight games of dismal shooting and near-misses the Gophers turned it around in impressive fashion against the Central Michigan Chippewas, shooting the lights out of The Barn en route to a dominating 82-57 win. The victory moves the Gophers to 2-3 on the young season.
Minnesota got out to a quick 7-0 start and never really looked back, relying on impressive shooting both from the three-point line and from the field overall. For the game Minnesota shot an outstanding 14 of 30 from three point range, which was a stark turnaround from their shooting woes encountered in their three previous road games.
Marcus Carr and Payton Willis led the way, with Carr scoring 19 and Willis contributing 18. Carr, after struggling to get his game going at the very beginning, ended with a nice line, going 8-14 from the field and adding 7 assists.
Gabe Kalscheur got back on track, knocking down five three-pointers en route to 15 points on the night.
Daniel Oturu, despite a significant size advantage, had a relatively quiet night, scoring just 9 points, though pulling down 12 rebounds. Funny that you can call that sort of night “quiet” but with the back court making it rain it seemed like Oturu was subdued a bit.
Central Michigan looked like a ripe candidate to pull off the upset. The senior-laden Chippewas came into the game at 4-0 having thoroughly dominated each of their opponents while being a legitimate three-point threat along the way. But the length of the Gophers and a significant size and muscle advantage was a dose of reality for Central Michigan, who never got their long-range threats working. In fact, their senior duo of David DiLeo and Dallas Morgan, who average a combined 39 points per game, totaled just 14 points.
The Gophers are home for the next three games and continue their homestand against the North Dakota Fighting Hawks on Sunday, Nov. 24.