Mbakwe, Minnesota beat Winona State in exhibition

Trevor Mbakwe had 11 points, 11 rebounds and two blocks for

Minnesota in a 78-72 exhibition victory Monday night over Division

II Winona State.

The Warriors, who were national champions in 2006 and 2008 and

ranked ninth in the preseason coaches’ poll, beat the Gophers here

in an exhibition four years ago and came close again despite

trailing by 18 points after halftime.

Ex-Iowa guard Anthony Tucker, a Twin Cities native and one of

four former Division I players on the Warriors’ roster, scored 24

points. His 3-pointer with just under a minute left brought Winona

State within 73-68. Jon Walburg added 22 points for Winona

State.

Mbakwe gives the Gophers much-needed strength and athleticism in

the paint, but his free throw shooting needs work as he went 5 for

12.

Rodney Williams gave the a crowd a couple of thrills with

powerful dunks and finished with 12 points for the Gophers.