Gophers' road woes continue in 66-54 loss

Minnesota fell to Utah in the second round of the Preseason N.I.T on the road, 66-54. The Gophers were just 4-8 on the road last year. Freshman forward Kris Humphries had his second straight game of at least 20 points and double figure rebounds as he scored 20 points and grabbed 10 caroms. However, it was the play of fellow first-year forward Andrew Bogut that was the key in the Utes' win.

Andrew Bogut, a native of Melbourne, Australia, had 19 points and 18 rebounds as he made eight of nine shots from the field. Bogut had became the first freshman since Keith Van Horn (1993-94) to have a double-double in his official debut as he had a double-double with 15 points and 16 boards versus Georgia State.

The Gophers struggled with their shooting, making just three of their first 18 attempts.

They made 20 of 60 shots (33.3%) and three of 13 (23.1%) of their three-point attempts. They were outrebounded 40-28. Utah grabbed 12 offensive rebounds compared to only 12 defensive rebounds for the Gophers.

Humphries shined with his aggressive inside play. He made nine of 20 shots from the field and was two of three from the line. Michael Bauer was the only other double-figure scorer for the Gophers as he finished with 12 points. He made only five of 13 shots, but did make two of the team's three three-pointers.

The rest of the team was just six of 27 (22.2%). Adam Boone, who was held scoreless in the opening win over UMKC, made just one of ten shots. He did have five assists and just one turnover running the team. Maurice Hargrow, the team's leading returning scorer, was just two of nine from the field.

Nick Jacobson, who graduated from Roseville High School in 1999, made five of 12 shots from the field. His lone three-pointer put the Utes' up 54-45 with 4:37 to go. The Gophers had cut the lead to 47-43, but the Utes went on a 9-2 run and ever never seriously challenged. Michael Bauer hit a three-pointer with 1:48 to go to cut the lead to 60-52.

The Gophers jumped out to a 5-2 lead after Bauer's first three-pointer, but Utah scored the next eight points. The Gophers went scoreless for 3:20 and would never lead again. They trailed by as many as 13 points in the first half and trailed 30-21 at the break.

The Gophers will face Furman on Nov. 30 at home at 1 p.m.. The Paladins are coached by former Gophers assistant Larry Davis and have Mr. Basketball candidate Eric Webb of Grand Rapids on their roster.

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