Thursday, November 5, 2009

Gopher Cagers Dominate UMD in Pre-Season Action

The Gopher basketball team absolutely dominated UMD on Thursday night, winning 114-47 at Williams Arena.

The game was played without suspended players Royce White, Devron Bostick, and Trevor Mbakwe, but the rest of the team was fine.

Damian Johnson had 16 points and 10 rebounds, and freshman Rodney Williams finished with 11 points, three blocks, and two steals. Lawrence Westbrook had 19 points on 8-12 shooting, Devoe Joseph had 18 points on 8-13 shooting, while Ralph Sampson III (13) and Colton Iverson (12) also scored in double-figures.

The Gophers play another exhibition game Monday night against MSU-Moorhead before beginning regular season play.

Now much can be gleaned from this win, but it is an almost certainty that the Gophers will be more athletic once White and Bostick return to the floor. The team lost two players off a squad which went to the NCAA Tournament one season ago, and was supplemented by a top-25 recruiting class.

It will be tough-sledding in the Big Ten this season, but the Gophers will be near the top when the dust settles.

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