Gophers Finish up Canadian Tour

On Thursday, the Gophers opened their Canadian tour with an exhibition against the University of British Columbia. The British Columbia Thunderbirds were one of the top college teams in Canada last year, posting a record of 25 wins compared to just three losses.

The Gophers played a good game against the Thunderbirds, winning 80-62. Minnesota played 11 guys including some newcomers to the team. Transfer power forward Trevor Mbakwe had a solid performance netting 10 points to go along with nine boards. Freshman big-man and Canadian native, Mo Walker, also had a good showing with 12 points and 10 rebounds. The Gophers' next game came against a tough Trinity Western team. Minnesota outlasted the Spartans by a score of 80-68. Despite a closer score, the Gophers showcased some of their top talents. Canadian Devoe Joseph had a great game with 15 points and five assists. Mo Walker added another double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Senior sniper Blake Hoffarber added 14 points, including shooting 4-8 from behind the arc. Mbakwe had another good game with 11 points and six rebounds as well as three blocked shots. Minnesota's last game in Canada was against the University of Victoria. The Gophers dominated the game, winning 101-67 despite only being up by two points at halftime. Guards Hoffarber and Joseph both had great games, both finishing with 19 points. Forwards Colton Iverson, Trevor Mbakwe and Rodney Williams also played well, each with 12 points. Iverson had seven boards while Mbakwe and Williams has six. The Gophers finished their Canadian road trip with three wins without a loss. The team averaged 87 points per game while only giving up 66.67 points per contest. While the competition was not the same caliber as the Gophers will see in the Big Ten, it was a good, early test for the Maroon and Gold.

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