Sampson propels Minnesota past Wofford 69-55

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — 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.

Updated November 12, 2010