Gophers survive scare from Chaminade in last game in Maui

LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) — DeAndre Mathieu scored 17 points and

Minnesota came back in the second half to beat Chaminade 83-68 at the Maui

Invitational on Wednesday.

The Golden Gophers turned around a 9-point deficit in the

second half by forcing the Division II school into bad shots and five turnovers

over the final 10 minutes.

Down 59-53 with 9:27 left, Minnesota prevented Chaminade

from making it past midcourt within 10 seconds, leading to a second consecutive

layup for Maurice Walker. Malik Smith cut the deficit to 3 points on

Minnesota’s next possession.

Minnesota (6-2) then went on a 13-point run during which

Chaminade committed three turnovers and missed five 3-pointers. Austin Hollins

gave Minnesota its first lead of the second half at 65-64 with a 3-pointer from

the left wing with less than seven minutes remaining.

Minnesota shot just over 41 percent in the second half after

shooting under 36 percent the first 20 minutes. Minnesota made just two of 12

3-pointers in the first half.

Smith had 16 points while Walker had 10 points and seven

rebounds.

The win allowed Minnesota — which received votes in the

last Associated Press Top 25 poll — to salvage a win in Hawaii after two

straight losses. The Golden Gophers lost to No. 8 Syracuse on Monday and

Arkansas on Tuesday. Minnesota places seventh in the tournament.

Lee Bailey scored 18 points for the Silverswords (2-3).

Frankie Etuati scored 13 points while Kevin Hu had 12. After making more than

half its shots in the first half, Chaminade made just nine of 28 field goals in

the second half.

Christophe Varidel, who scored 42 points in an opening Maui

loss to No. 18 Baylor, scored just 7 points and made one of nine 3-point shots.