NCAAB Game Recap - Arkansas State at Minnesota
Sat Dec 8, 2018 4:00 PM EST

NMSt
60
Kansas
63
F
Yale
58
Duke
91
F
SCar
78
Mich
89
F
Dayt
72
Aub
82
F
KY
83
Seton
84
F(OT)
MSU
63
Fla
59
F
UConn
71
FlaSt
79
F
Wisc
69
Marq
74
F(OT)
KansSt
46
Tuls
47
F
Buff
80
StBon
62
F
StJos
58
Vill
70
F
Clem
71
MisSt
82
F
LoyIL
41
MD
55
F
Crei
75
Nebras
94
F
Furm
74
USC-Up
60
F
Schr
53
AbCh
93
F
(N/A)
53
E MI
105
F
WichSt
48
Okla
80
F
Pitt
59
WVU
69
F
DeP
68
NW
75
F
(N/A)
69
IndSt
77
F
(N/A)
58
CenCT
79
F
UAB
76
Mem
94
F
Gram
45
UCF
70
F
WCU
71
UNCA
59
F
Maris
79
Stetsn
75
F
LongI
74
StPet
58
F
URI
79
HolyC
63
F
Morg
74
Tows
69
F
(N/A)
67
NrthIA
75
F
BYU
74
Utah
59
F
UMKC
65
SDak
63
F
Lafy
77
Quin
88
F
W MI
88
YSU
77
F
Colg
65
PSU
76
F
IPFW
79
MiaO
85
F
UNLV
74
Ill
77
F
UMBC
91
Drex
76
F
Maine
52
Dart
78
F
Stony
69
Brown
71
F
NCC
73
App
82
F
Xav
47
Cin
62
F
Rut
70
Ford
78
F
LoyMD
83
Bingha
65
F
Lou
67
Ind
68
F
Toled
75
Marsh
74
F(OT)
(N/A)
87
SIU-E
92
F
(N/A)
55
GWebb
102
F
W Ky
78
Ark
77
F
GTown
71
Syr
72
F
Radf
69
Ohio
78
F
Amer
83
How
85
F
Rider
73
Hof
89
F
Oakl
83
NE
92
F
W&M
76
Hamp
71
F
StFNY
60
NJIT
82
F
(N/A)
67
NCAT
92
F
ArkSt
56
Minn
72
F
GaSo
89
Mercer
74
F
Valpa
82
GrgWas
79
F
SamH
65
ColSt
71
F
(N/A)
62
Bois
82
F
Army
66
AF
61
F
(N/A)
74
TexSA
104
F
Tul
60
SthAL
81
F
Hou
63
OkSt
53
F
Sien
74
RobM
71
F
Leh
85
MtStM
78
F
Penn
83
LaSal
65
F
WriSt
76
Kent
83
F
TN-M
62
ETSU
80
F
UtSt
76
Web
67
F
NIU
68
Butl
95
F
S UT
86
CenMI
95
F
HBU
80
TxSt
90
F
(N/A)
33
APSU
116
F
JacSt
81
DelSt
54
F
ChBap
45
Alc
109
F
TexAr
61
N TX
63
F
IL-C
72
Colora
84
F
(N/A)
57
Jacksn
100
F
NoKY
74
E KY
76
F
WIGB
68
BGSU
97
F
CenAR
85
ArkLR
82
F
LongB
71
Fres
92
F
Harv
65
Vermt
71
F
Monm
63
Albany
82
F
SIU
83
SEMO
73
F
E IL
74
W IL
67
F
NebOm
61
Oreg
84
F
E WA
67
NDSt
74
F
UtVal
98
NoAZ
78
F
Murr
64
MidTN
42
F
Miss
81
IlSt
74
F
(N/A)
70
TXSo
107
F
(N/A)
48
CBap
87
F
ArkPB
45
UCSB
55
F
Sac
67
Portl
76
F
JackSt
66
Pepp
69
F
BethC
78
CAPoly
80
F(OT)
CSBak
73
Ida
67
F
Mont
51
UCIrv
60
F
ND
62
UCLA
65
F
SDSU
83
Cal
89
F
(N/A)
75
HI
82
F
BC
TexAM
Canc

Dec 8, 2018, 4:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

Arkansas State (3-6)

24

32

56

Minnesota (8-2)

41

31

72

Oturu's 19 points sends Gophers to 72-56 win over Red Wolves
Sat Dec 8, 2018 7:23 PM

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Coach Richard Pitino spoke to his Minnesota Gophers about avoiding a letdown following a challenging early-season schedule with Minnesota hosting Arkansas State on Saturday afternoon.

The Gophers took the message to heart early and then coasted to a decisive victory.

Freshman Daniel Oturu posted season highs with 19 points and 12 rebounds, and Dupree McBrayer chipped in 14 points for Minnesota in a 72-56 win against the Red Wolves on Saturday.

"Our guys need to understand how to play in those type of games because your opponent's got nothing to lose," Pitino said. "And I thought that we were just dragging a little bit. I do think that our defense was pretty good, held them to 31 percent. But we certainly were not great by any means."

Oturu had his first double-double and added three blocks for the Gophers (8-2). Amir Coffey finished with 12 points as Minnesota cruised to the win after starting the game with a 21-2 run. The Gophers led by as much as 21 but Arkansas State kept the game within reach and outscored Minnesota 32-31 in the second half.

Ty Cockfield scored 20 points for the Red Wolves (3-6), who has lost five of their past seven games. Tristin Walley added 14 points.

"I liked our effort," Arkansas State coach Mike Balado said. "I thought our defense took a step tonight. Our offense, unfortunately, didn't. We shot an awful percentage, but it's tough when you have two 6-10 guys down there and trying to finish that length."

Oturu, the 6-foot-10 center, had struggled at times early in his first season while adapting to size and physicality inside as the Gophers' scheduled featured seven games against major conference programs.

He took advantage of his size against an Arkansas State team, which has 6-9 J.J. Matthews as the tallest starter. Oturu had his first double-digit rebounding effort and was one off his high of four blocks. He was also 9 of 12 from the free-throw line.

"When you play these mid-major teams that are not going to have the size that you have, so you've got to be able to physically beat them up down low and inside, and I thought Dan definitely did that," Pitino said.

Pitino said Oturu sprained his ankle in the second half and will be re-evaluated on Sunday.

BIG PICTURE

Arkansas State: The first big test of the season for the Red Wolves was a disappointment. Minnesota's opening burst buried Arkansas State and it never recovered. The Red Wolves did play competitively the rest of the way, perhaps a good sign when they get into Sun Belt Conference play.

Minnesota: After a series of games against Power Five conferences, Minnesota's scheduled lightened a bit starting with the Red Wolves. The Gophers accomplished what it should have: a confidence-building win with no injuries. They hope for the same the rest of December before going to Wisconsin on Jan. 3.

MCBRAYER TO TAKE TIME AWAY

McBrayer's mother died last week and Pitino said he will leave Monday to return home to New York. His mother's funeral will be Wednesday and he will miss Tuesday's game.

QUICK START

McBrayer, Coffey and freshman Gabe Kalscheur propelled the Gophers early. Kalscheur had six of his nine points, while McBrayer and Coffey each had five points in the opening run.

Minnesota also had 11 offensive rebounds on just 17 missed shots in the first half, with four offensive rebounds in the second half.

"I think our mentality was one thing that he had a problem with and I think that's something we have to address in practice," Gophers forward Jordan Murphy said. "Our guys, myself, we have to learn through these games that teams have nothing to lose and they're going to be tough and give us all they can."

UP NEXT

Arkansas State returns home against Florida Atlantic on Dec. 14.

Minnesota hosts North Florida on Tuesday.

More AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and https://twitter.com/AP-Top25

Leaders

Arkansas State PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
S. Fritz 0 0 0 1 1 1
K. Wilson 0 0 0 0 0 0
Minnesota PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
I. Washington 0 0 1 0 1 0
J. Omersa 0 0 0 1 0 0

Team Comparison

ArkSt Minn
Points For 56 72
Field Goals 20/64-31% 24/54-44%
Three Pointers 8/20-40% 8/17-47%
Free Throws 8/10-80% 16/24-67%
Offensive Rebounds 16 15
Defensive Rebounds 21 29
Rebounds 46 50
Blocks 8 6
Steals 7 5
Turnovers 12 14
Personal Fouls 21 14
Technical Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

2018-2019 Regular Season - Minn Leads Series 1-0

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Sat Dec 8 ArkSt 56 @ Minn 72 M. Brevard 2 M. Hurt 1

Game Information

Stadium: Williams Arena, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Attendance: 10,257
Game Time: