Gopher use second-half run to win 100-80 over ORU

Kris Humphries led Minnesota with 25 points and nine rebounds as the Golden Gophers won their sixth in a row at home, defeating Oral Roberts 100-80. Oral Roberts went on a 12-2 run in the second half to tie the game at 59-59 with 13:19 left in the game. However, Minnesota (5-2) went on a 34-11 run in the second half.

Michael Bauer's three-point play capped a 7-0 Gopher run to take a 66-59 lead. After a Schuyler Thomas basket, Minnesota scored the next seven points to take a 73-61 lead. Minnesota's edge swelled to 15 at 80-65 on consecutive three-pointers by Aaron Robinson and two by Maurice Hargrow. Minnesota's largest lead was 23 with 4:01 left in the game at 93-70.

The Gophers shot 64 percent in the second half on 18 of 28 shooting to take command in the game. They forced 21 Golden Eagle turnovers and turned them into 30 points.

All five of Minnesota's starters scored in double figures, led by Humphries' 25 points. Kris Humphries made nine of 14 shots from the field and 7 of 10 from the line. Adam Boone scored a Minnesota career-high 20 points and hit four treys. Hargrow finished with 19 points on eight of nine shooting and Ben Johnson scored 14. Bauer added 11 points and career-high six blocks. The Gophers' blocked 13 shots in the game, tying the school record.

Oral Roberts took its only lead of the game at 5-3 but Minnesota quickly jumped ahead 27-13 at the 11:43 mark of the first half. Minnesota led 37-26 at the 5:34 mark, but an Oral Roberts 11-2 run made things interesting and cut the Gopher lead to two at 37:35. The Eagles made three straight treys in the stretch, including two by Thomas. Minnesota took the momentum right back with a 12-4 run to end the half to lead 49-39.

Ken Tutt led Oral Roberts with 14 points on 10 of 18 shooting. Caleb Green added 16 points and a game-high 11 rebounds. Thomas added 16 points.

Minnesota returns to action Dec. 22 against Duquesne at Williams Arena. The tilt begins at 7 p.m.

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