Minnesota 69, Wofford 55

Ralph Sampson III scored 20 points and grabbed a career-high 13

rebounds to lead Minnesota to a 69-55 victory over Wofford on

Friday night.

Sampson added three blocks and Trevor Mbawke finished with 14

points and 10 rebounds as Minnesota used a distinct size advantage

to win the opener for both teams.

Noah Dahlman, the 2010 Southern Conference player of the year,

led four Wofford players in double figures with 15 points. Tim

Johnson had 10 points and 13 rebounds for the Terriers.

Sampson’s outburst was just what the Gophers needed one day

after junior guard Devoe Joseph was suspended indefinitely for

violating team rules.

Without a go-to scorer, and missing perhaps its most versatile

offensive player in Joseph, Minnesota used its length against the

Terriers. The Gophers outrebounded Wofford 41-31, blocked six shots

and scored 32 points in the paint.