Minnesota Beats Coppin State 79-58

The Gophers utilized a balanced offense and strong outside shooting to start out the New Year with a 79-58 victory over Coppin State at Williams Arena. The Gophers made 12 of 23 shots from three-point range as they improved to 9-3 on the year with their seventh consecutive victory.

The Gophers started slowly. but built a 16-point lead (37-21) at halftime as Minnesota hit 54 percent of its field goals in the half (14-of-26) and forced 12 Eagle turnovers. Minnesota opened the second half on a 16-8 run to lead 53-29 with 14 minutes remaining. After an Eagle basket, Minnesota scored the next 11 points to put the game away and take a 64-31 lead with 10:10 on the clock. The lead jumped to a game-high 37 points on a Spencer Tollackson jumper with 7:43 remaining. The Gophers emptied their bench, allowing Coppin State to cut the margin.

Brent Lawson scored 19 points to lead Minnesota as he made five of six three-pointers. Vincent Grier had 16 points and a game-high seven rebounds. He also dished out four assists. Aaron Robinson scored 11 points as he made three of five three pointers and Dan Coleman added 10 points.

Minnesota forced 23 Coppin State turnovers and outrebounded Coppin State 34-28. The seven-game winning streak is one shy of the Gophers' best under Dan Monson.

The Gophers play their final non-conference game on Monday night against Loyola Marymount at Williams Arena. The game tips off at 7 p.m.

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