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Gophers defeat North Dakota 79-56

Minnesota begins first winning streak of the season in blowout

Brad Rempel // University of Minnesota

The Gophers continued their hot shooting and the team recorded its second straight home blowout in a 79-56 win over the North Dakota Fighting Hawks. Minnesota used a significant size advantage to bully UND down low in a game that was never really close. Four players scored in double figures.

UND got out to a quick 5-0 start before relinquishing a lead they would never regain. Gabe Kalscheur had a big first half with 13 points while Daniel Oturu sat with foul trouble. The second half was a different story, as Minnesota continued to pull away.

Overall the Gophers continued their barrage of three point attempts, and while they weren’t nearly as successful as their Thursday night showing against Central Michigan, they still hit an impressive nine treys in 20 attempts. Overall from the field, however, they shot better than 50 percent and were effective at making good on their second chances. For the game they scored 42 points in the paint, recorded 14 second chance points and scored 16 points off 19 UND turnovers.

Kalscheur led the way with 18 points, while Oturu scored 15 points and pulled down six rebounds. Alihan Demir got into double digits for the first time since the Cleveland State opener, scoring 11 points in 23 minutes.

Perhaps the best story of the game was Jarvis Omersa, who scored a career high 11 points and nine rebounds and punctuated his effort with a couple of highlight dunks. Omersa even flashed a little bit of a left hand, and had what was by far the best game of his career.

The Gophers continue their homestand but are off until Friday when they host DePaul at 2pm (yes, a weekday day game).