NCAAB Game Recap - Florida International at Minnesota
Sat Dec 28, 2019 4:00 PM EST

Lou
70
KY
78
F(OT)
Brown
50
Duke
75
F
NOrl
55
Mem
97
F
ULMo
36
Butl
67
F
CAPoly
57
SDSU
73
F
N AL
71
FlaSt
88
F
(N/A)
46
MorSt
102
F
YSU
83
IUPUI
73
F
Piedm
47
WCU
108
F
CenMI
62
Purd
97
F
Amer
60
GTown
80
F
LongB
63
Fla
102
F
(N/A)
53
Mercer
104
F
WIMil
64
NoKY
74
F
StPet
67
Hamp
70
F
Wisc
68
Tenn
48
F
Buck
59
LaSal
71
F
CenAR
54
Marq
106
F
Toled
66
Brad
78
F
(N/A)
49
UAB
82
F
WIGB
84
WriSt
90
F
NE
61
Tows
45
F
Charl
76
Drex
65
F
Maris
54
Colum
69
F
E MI
49
UNLV
64
F
TXSo
81
AzSt
98
F
PaulQ
62
SFA
94
F
Detr
69
Oakl
78
F
E OR
61
UtSt
129
F
(N/A)
64
TexSA
99
F
Fairf
66
Merrim
54
F
Longw
65
GrgWas
78
F
E WA
79
Web
77
F
(N/A)
62
ColSt
87
F
Mobil
47
SthAL
76
F
FlInt
62
Minn
89
F
Hof
82
JMU
76
F
E KY
74
ECU
82
F
Clev
66
IL-C
71
F
(N/A)
84
LIU
125
F
(N/A)
73
ArkSt
84
F
CS-Ful
77
UCLA
74
F
(N/A)
65
UtVal
80
F
CarBi
56
JacSt
120
F
(N/A)
34
UNCG
106
F
N CO
65
PorSt
69
F
(N/A)
52
ChaSo
108
F
(N/A)
54
Crei
91
F
(N/A)
68
Wyo
82
F
Sac
51
MTSt
66
F
CSNor
72
Bois
103
F
TxWes
64
N TX
102
F
Niag
57
Syr
71
F
UNCW
68
Del
82
F
Belm
79
W Ky
62
F
Seatt
58
StMar
84
F
CmbTN
46
Murr
81
F
Pepp
68
SJSU
83
F
UCRiv
60
Fres
57
F
NoAZ
72
Mont
79
F
Ida
60
IdaSt
62
F
Oral
73
BYU
79
F
Morg
74
LoyMa
71
F
(N/A)
75
CBap
92
F
Pacif
56
UCIrv
69
F

Dec 28, 2019, 4:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

Florida International (9-4)

27

35

62

Minnesota (7-5)

38

51

89

Kalscheur, Oturu lead Minnesota to 89-62 win against FIU
Sat Dec 28, 2019 7:44 PM

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Coach Richard Pitino loaded Minnesota’s early-season schedule to prepare the Gophers for playing in the Big Ten and to boost their tournament credentials.

Minnesota lost some of those tougher games but said it learned from them. A loss at Iowa on Dec. 9, as part of conference play, proved to be a particularly eye-opening experience.

Gabe Kalscheur scored 23 points, and Daniel Oturu added 21 points and a career-high 20 rebounds for Minnesota in an 89-62 win against Florida International on Saturday. Since losing 72-52 against the Hawkeyes, the Gophers have won three straight games, including wins against then-No. 3 Ohio State and on the road against Oklahoma State.

“The Iowa game woke us up,” Pitino said after beating FIU. “We cannot sleepwalk through any performance. Obviously, to beat two really, really good opponents and then a confident FIU team, we’re playing good basketball.”

Devon Andrews had 14 points to lead the Panthers in scoring after totaling just three points in the first half due to foul trouble. Osasumwen Osaghae, who started the game leading the nation in blocks, had 12 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks for FIU, which had its six-game winning streak snapped.

“We just didn’t play well," Panthers coach Jeremy Ballard said. “We fought well and I think we showed people what our heart and what our mettle is about. But we’re a much better team than how we played and we’ll play much better moving forward."

Kalscheur, who went scoreless on 0-for-10 shooting against Iowa, followed up his career-high 34 points against the Cowboys, by shooting 5 of 10 from beyond the 3-point line against the Panthers and also had five steals. Marcus Carr, who had 35 points against the Buckeyes, chipped in with 17 points for Minnesota.

Oturu posted his seventh double-double of the season and has scored at least 20 points in four of his past five games. He shot 8 of 12 from the field and is hitting 72.9% of his shots over the past five games.

“Playing with your effort level has to be at an all-time high every time you’re on the court,” Oturu said. “I think that’s what really happened. We didn’t come out with enough effort. We didn’t play hard enough versus Iowa and I think that was an eye-opener these last couple games of just playing hard no matter what.”

STAT OF THE NIGHT

The Gophers were 29 of 30 from the free-throw line against FIU. They entered the game hitting 66.1% of their free throws as a team.

“I do think free-throw shooting cost us some games early, I really do,” Pitino said. “I don’t know if we’re a 29-for-30 team, but we have the same routine every practice for the last eight years I’ve been a head coach. We’re clearly better than what we had shown early. I thought it zapped us a little bit. I don’t worry about the percentage as much as the amount of points we can get from it. We were not getting enough points early in the year from it.”

INJURIES

Minnesota starting guard Payton Willis, who is averaging 11 points per game this season, missed his second straight game with an ankle injury.

BIG PICTURE

Florida International: The Panthers lost their final big test before starting conference play. The defense held up early but Minnesota started to find its shots. FIU's offense was the real issue as the Panthers shot 33% in the first half and 36% for the game. FIU also had 17 turnovers. All four losses this season for the Panthers have been on the road.

Minnesota: The Gophers avoided the letdown after the two big wins against Ohio State and Oklahoma State and the ensuing break. Minnesota has certainly been tested this season, an aspect that should serve it well in the Big Ten. Through the games on Dec. 25, the Gophers had the fifth-toughest schedule in Division I as opponents held a 71.5% winning percentage.

UP NEXT

FIU begins play in Conference USA at home against UTEP on Thursday. The Panthers were picked ninth in the conference by coaches in the preseason poll. UTEP was tied for fourth.

The bulk of Minnesota’s conference schedule lies ahead, starting at Purdue on Thursday. The Gophers and Boilermakers are both 1-1 so far in Big Ten action.

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Leaders

Florida International PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
J. Ametepe 0 0 0 0 0 0
C. Corcoran 0 0 0 0 0 0
Minnesota PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
B. Greenlee 0 0 0 1 0 0
B. Rudrud 0 0 0 0 0 0

Team Comparison

FlInt Minn
Points For 62 89
Field Goals 24/66-36% 26/67-39%
Three Pointers 4/19-21% 8/24-33%
Free Throws 10/15-67% 29/30-97%
Offensive Rebounds 9 15
Defensive Rebounds 27 37
Rebounds 42 55
Blocks 8 5
Steals 7 10
Turnovers 17 14
Personal Fouls 24 16
Technical Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - Minn Leads Series 1-0

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Sat Dec 28 FlInt 62 @ Minn 89 B. Furcron 2 J. Omersa 2

Game Information

Stadium: Williams Arena, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Attendance: 10,546
Game Time: