Minnesota 69, St. Peter’s 47

Ralph Sampson III scored a season-high 15 points and grabbed

eight rebounds in his return to the starting lineup, leading

Minnesota to its fourth straight win, 69-47 over Saint Peter’s on

Saturday.

Sampson, who also had four assists, had played as a reserve but

hadn’t started since injuring his ankle Nov. 17. He helped the

Gophers (10-1) dominate inside against the smaller Peacocks.

Darius Conley led the Peacocks (2-6) with a career-high 20

points and Chris Prescott scored 12, but Saint Peter’s didn’t get

much from anyone else.

The Gophers never trailed and led by as many as 22. They kept

Saint Peter’s searching for jump shots for most of the game,

allowing them to maintain a comfortable cushion. Minnesota

outscored the Peacocks 38-22 in the paint and shot 27 free throws

to Saint Peter’s 10.