Gophers conclude exhibition play tonight

The Golden Gophers finish exhibition play tonight against the Howard Pulley Panthers at Williams Arena. The Pulley Panthers are a group of former college players that have been touring the Midwest playing exhibition games. Pulley is 0-5 after an 85-81 loss to Concordia-St. Paul on Monday night. The Panthers also lost to Northern Iowa (89-79), Bowling Green (89-81), Ohio (91-54) and North Dakota State (86-78). They have games remaining at Minnesota State-Mankato and Boston College.

The Pulley Panthers have a few familiar faces to local basketball fans. Former Gophers Mitch Ohnstad and Ryan Iverson, who was a football recruit who transferred to Delaware, are members of the Panthers. Ohnstad is second on the team in scoring, averaging 12.8 points through their first four games. Iverson scored 24 points on Northern Iowa in the Panthers' first game. Other players from area schools are Luke Witt, who graduated from St. John's, Reggie Perkins from St. Cloud State, Mike Walker from Southwest State, and Andy Gilbert from Bethel.

Gilbert is leading the team with 17.3 points per game. Ohnstad is second in scoring with 12.3 points per game. The two are joined in the starting lineup by Demetrius Walker (7.5 points per game), Witt (10.3) and Mike Walker (9.5).

Minnesota is 8-1 in exhibitions under Dan Monson. Minnesota will start the regular season next Monday when Missouri- Kansas City comes to Williams Arena for a first-round matchup in the Preseason NIT.

Freshman forward Kris Humphries 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.

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.

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