Gophers use second-half run for 82-70 win

The Golden Gophers (7-4) finished the non-conference schedule with an 82-70 victory over Wofford (3-8) at Williams Arena. They trailed 37-34 at halftime, but used a 33-8 run at the the beginning of the second half to win this afternoon. Kris Humphries and Ben Johnson combined for 20 of those points to go ahead 54-43. Humphries finished the game with his eighth double-double of the season, with 28 points and 11 rebounds.

The Gophers struggled throughout the first half and trailed 34-37 at the break. They were 9-27 from the field and 1-7 from the 3-point arc. There were six ties and five lead changes in the first half. The Terriers shot 52 percent from the field and 57 percent from the 3- point line. Howard Wilkerson had 14 of Wofford's first-half points. They led at half by three points.

The Gophers came out strong after the break and led by 14 points with 6:08 remaining. The Gophers held Wofford without a field goal for over nine minutes between the first and second halves. During that span the Gophers turned a three point deficit into an 11-point lead with 12:43 left in the game. Wofford kept the game interesting, narrowing the Minnesota lead to seven with four minutes remaining. But fast-break baskets by Hargrow and Johnson and solid free throw shooting closed out the game for the Gophers. Kris Humphries had 18 second-half points and finished the day shooting 10 of 13 from the free throw line.

Moe Hargrow added 19 points and seven rebounds. Ben Johnson also contributed 19 points and was 7-9 from the field. Stan Gaines had a career-high eight rebounds and four steals.

Wilkerson led Wofford with a career-high 20 points while Greg Taylor added 13 points.

The Gophers start the Big Ten season on Wednesday at Penn State. Tip is at 7 p.m.

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