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
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.