Kris Humphries shines in debut as Gophers win

Freshman forward Kris Humphries showed what all the hoopla was about as he had 19 points and 13 rebounds in his college debut as Minnesota rolled to a 95-59 exhibition win over Concordia-St. Paul. The Gophers shot 55 percent from the floor in the game and outscored the Golden Bears by 29 points in the second half.

Minnesota struggled in the first half, turning the ball over 15 times and led just 35-28 at halftime. However, the Gophers went on a 25-6 run to start the second half. Back-to-back fast break three-pointers by Stan Gaines and Adam Boone gave Minnesota a 60-34 lead with 14:47 remaining. Minnesota led by as many as 37 twice in the game's final minutes.

The Gophers utilized their size advantage as they outscored the Golden Bears 50-10 in the paint. Minnesota also out-rebounded Concordia-St. Paul 51-27 and posted 12 blocks.

Kris Humphries made eight of 13 shots from the field as he scored 19 points. Senior guard Ben Johnson, who made all three-point attempts, added 16 points and junior guard Maurice Hargrow scored 10 for the Golden Gophers. Senior forward Michael Bauer added nine points and eight rebounds and junior center Jeff Hagen had six blocks and seven points.

Minnesota finishes its exhibition action on Wednesday when it faces the Pulley Panthers at Williams Arena. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. The Panthers lost to Northern Iowa 89-79, Bowling Green 89-81 and Ohio University 91-54. Ex-Gopher Ryan Iverson scored 24 points in the loss to Northern Iowa. Iverson, who is from Eden Prairie, came to Minnesota to play football, but transferred to Delaware to play basketball.

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