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NCAA Game Summary - Stephen F. Austin at Minnesota



(Monday, November 16th)

Final Score: (24) Minnesota 82, Stephen F. Austin 42

Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) - Lawrence Westbrook and Devoe Joseph each scored 15 points, as the 24th-ranked Minnesota Golden Gophers used a big second half to take down Stephen F. Austin, 82-42, at Williams Arena.

Rodney Williams added 14 points for the Golden Gophers (2-0), who started the season with an 87-50 blowout of Tennessee Tech on Friday. Damian Johnson ended with 11 points and five assists. Ralph Sampson III tallied eight points and 11 rebounds for Minnesota, which outscored the Lumberjacks, 56-23, in the second half.

"We played well in the second half. They had a good game plan to slow things down. We wanted to speed it up and we did in the second half. I thought we did a good job of attacking defensively," said Minnesota coach Tubby Smith.

Eddie Williams had 12 points and five rebounds for Stephen F. Austin (0-1), which was 24-8 overall in 2008-09, finished first in the Southland Conference and captured the conference tournament title by beating Texas-San Antonio in a 68-57 decision. Walt Harris and Orren Tims chipped in seven points apiece for the Lumberjacks, who shot 30.6 percent from the field.

The Golden Gophers, who committed 11 first-half turnovers, took a 26-19 lead into the locker room.

Minnesota came out firing to start the second half, putting together a 22-2 run. Williams had two dunks and a pair of free throws during the burst, which Joseph capped off with a trey for a 48-21 lead with 14:46 remaining.

The rout was on from there as Minnesota cruised the remainder of the way.

"We made our shots. We also made the switch putting Rodney Williams in the lineup. We wanted Rodney to play the four spot. Rodney hasn't been playing the four. He's been playing the three, which he's not as familiar with. It gives us a better rotation and he really played extremely well tonight," said Smith on the second half outburst.

Game Notes

The Golden Gophers shot 54.7 percent from the field and made 11-of-19 three- point attempts. The Lumberjacks made just 3-of-14 shots from beyond the arc...Stephen F. Austin made it to the NCAA Tournament last year, but the ride was extremely short as they bowed to Syracuse in the first round, 59-44.

11/16 22:50:13 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
DUR 5
NOR 1
 
Final
TAM 4
BOS 3
Final
MIA 9
NYM 6
Final
ATL 0
PHI 7
Final
BAL 4
MIN 6
Final
STL 5
PIT 4
Final
CHC 4
MIL 2
Final
CLE 1
DET 12
Final
OAK 6
SEA 1
Final
SDP 3
ARI 1
Final
COL 10
SFG 9
Final
KAN 4
TEX 3
Final
LOS 4
WAS 6
7:05pm Tonight
NYY
BOS
 
7:05pm Tonight
BAL
CIN
 
7:05pm Tonight
CLE
DET
 
7:10pm Tonight
MIA
NYM
 
7:10pm Tonight
ATL
PHI
 
7:10pm Tonight
TAM
TOR
 
8:05pm Tonight
CHC
MIL
 
8:10pm Tonight
MIN
CWS
 
8:10pm Tonight
HOU
ANA
 
8:10pm Tonight
KAN
TEX
 
8:15pm Tonight
STL
PIT
 
8:40pm Tonight
COL
SFG
10:05pm Tonight
OAK
SEA
 
10:10pm Tonight
SDP
ARI
 
10:10pm Tonight
LOS
WAS
 
Final
LOU 31
MIAMI 13
Final
DUR 5
NOR 1