Minnesota defeated Boston College in overtime 85-80 at Williams Arena. With the win, the Gophers are now 5-0 on the season. Marcus Carr led all scorers with 22 points.
I have always said that a successful non conference game occurs when Minnesota wins and no one gets injured. Based on that result, this game was a failure as Brandon Johnson sustained an injury in overtime.
Minnesota should not have gone to overtime against Boston College. The Gophers managed a paltry 48.4% effective field goal percentage. As a team they were just 6-25 from distance. Take out Isaiah Ihnen and Both Gach, and the rest of the team made just two three point shots. That is never going to be good enough against decent competition. Minnesota’s offensive woes allowed BC to stay in the game in the first and then
In the second half, the Gophers were down 15 points with 14 minutes to play when Pitino introduced the bench of Tre Williams, Jamal Mashburn, and Isaiah Ihnen. The trio fueled a 16-0 run to jumpstart a comeback for a team that desperately needed energy. Jamal Mashburn acted like a top freshman recruit and would be my pick for player of the game. He put up 10 points in 14 minutes on 4-7 shooting from the field along with 3 rebounds and 3 assists with no turnovers. That is fantastic and if Mashburn can give that to Minnesota every game, it will take the pressure of Marcus Carr and allow Pitino to give the star point guard more breathers throughout the game. Tre Williams had a strong game as a wing. While he only had 6 points, Williams’s defense and energy was key to holding Boston College’s guards from scoring.
Unfortunately, Minnesota let Boston College take the game to overtime before finally shaking Boston College off in overtime.
Marcus Carr played 40 minutes, finished with 22 points, six assists, and five rebounds and I think he had a subpar game. If he continues playing at the level for which I feel comfortable making that statement, he’s a shoe in for All Big Ten first team.
Isaiah Ihnen should start next game. At the moment, he’s the main threat from distance for the Gophers. Ihnen’s perimeter oriented offensive game also lets Liam Robbins have extra room in the post.
Robbins had his best game as a Gopher in part because of the space in the post and in part because he did not foul every player that got close to him. Robbins finished with 14 points and 8 rebounds.
Minnesota next plays Kansas City on Thursday December 10th at Williams Arena.