MSM Mount St. Mary's Mountaineers 53
Mount St. Mary's Mountaineers Mount St. Mary's Overall (3-10)
ATS (0-0)
O/U (0-0)
December 30 2018
- ESPNU
MINN Minnesota Golden Gophers 71
Minnesota Golden Gophers Minnesota Overall (11-2)
ATS (7-3)
O/U (5-4-1)
Final
Money Line Total: Spread ATS
12
Mount St. Mary's Mountaineers OFF OFF OFF
2330
Minnesota Golden Gophers OFF OFF OFF
3140
Final
Money Line Total: Spread ATS
MSM OFF OFF OFF
MINN OFF OFF OFF
Recap

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Having four players in double figures and the return of a key player Sunday was a nice way for Minnesota to get ready for the resumption of Big Ten play.

Daniel Oturu recorded his fourth straight double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Gophers past Mount St. Mary's 71-53.

Minnesota also got 15 points from Dupree McBrayer and 13 from Amir Coffey. Jordan Murphy had 10 points and nine rebounds.

"If we want to do what we're trying to do it's five guys. It's Michael Hurt, it's Eric Curry, it's Amir, Dupree and Murph," said Minnesota coach Richard Pitino. ". Those five guys know what it takes to win in this league. Those guys went a whole month of February (7-0 in 2017) and did not lose in this league."

However, there is still a significant drop when Minnesota (11-2) goes to its bench, where five players combined for 15 points, including three by Hurt.

A spark could come from the return of Curry to the court for the first time in 644 days. After missing the 2017-18 season because of a torn ACL, the redshirt sophomore aggravated the knee injury in the fall and was held out until Minnesota's final non-conference game as a precaution.

Curry, a 6-foot-9, 240-pounder who averaged 5.5 points and 5.2 rebounds in his freshman season, received a loud ovation when he entered 3:45 into the game, flashing a wide smile on his face. He scored on a reverse layup seven minutes into the first half in transition for his first points since the 2017 NCAA tournament. He finished with four points and six rebounds in 17 minutes.

"It was very important to just get my game back. The game is totally different than practice. Just to get the feel of the crowd and the movement of everything is amazing," said Curry, who couldn't sleep and texted Pitino at 1:45 a.m. saying he was ready to play.

McBrayer also likes what Curry brings in his own end.

"Eric can cover guards. That gives us so much more room to switch. Just having him out there we get different looks defensively."

Vado Morse scored 18 points and Dee Barnes added 13 for the Mountaineers (3-10), which rallied midway through the second half before fading.

Up by eight at the half, Minnesota opened the second half on a 13-5 run, including five points from Gabe Kalscheur, before the Mountaineers scored 10 straight points to get within 44-38 with 11:26 to play.

A jumper by Oturu, a freshman who has scored in double figures in five straight, started a 10-2 stretch to put Minnesota up 61-47 with 3:52 to go.

"(He was) a top-50 player in the country, big time recruit, so I'm not surprised at all," Pitino said. ". I still think he can get a lot better."

LOVIN' THE LINE

Minnesota was 23 of 30 from the free-throw line. It entered the game fifth nationally in getting to the charity stripe with 341 attempts through its first 12 games. Its 228 makes were 14th-best.

CONCERNS FROM 3 OR NOT

The Gophers were just 4 of 19 from beyond the arc, with McBrayer hitting 3 of 6. Minnesota was 4 of 20 in an 86-67 win over North Carolina A&T on December 21.

In its last four games, Mount St. Mary's is allowing teams to shoot just 22.8 percent from long range.

BIG PICTURE

Mount St. Mary's: The Mountaineers — who started the season with nine straight losses including road defeats at North Carolina State (105-55), Maryland (92-77) and St. John's (85-71) — have one of the most inexperienced rosters in the nation under first-year head coach Dan Engelstad with all 16 players either freshmen or sophomores. Sunday provided continued growth.

Minnesota: The Gophers need to be better with the ball. It had 12 against another mid-major foe after 14 in their last game against North Carolina A&T.

UP NEXT

Mount St. Mary's: Open Northeast Conference play Thursday at St. Francis and Saturday at Robert Morris.

Minnesota: The rest of the regular season is all Big Ten play, beginning Thursday at No. 15 Wisconsin. The Gophers lost at Ohio State and beat Nebraska in early December conference action.

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Matchup
Mountaineers Overall
W/L 3-10
ATS 0-0
Pts For 67.4
Pts Against 76.9
Total 0-0
Mountaineers Away
W/L 1-8
ATS 0-0
Pts For 64.6
Pts Against 82.0
Total 0-0
Last 10 Games
Date Opponent Result ATS O/U
12-30
3:00 PM
at Minnesota L 71-53
12-22
3:00 PM
SMCM W 83-44
12-18
6:00 PM
at American University W 56-55
12-15
3:00 PM
Wilson College W 74-59
12-8
3:00 PM
Lehigh L 85-78
12-5
5:30 PM
at St. John's L 85-71
12-1
12:00 PM
at Loyola (MD) L 75-65
11-25
12:00 PM
at Morgan State L 78-68
11-21
4:00 PM
North Carolina A&T L 74-60
11-18
3:00 PM
at Maryland L 92-77
Avg. Points For 68.5
Avg. Points Against 71.8
ATS 0-0
Over/Under 0-0
Golden Gophers Overall
W/L 11-2
ATS 7-3
Pts For 76.2
Pts Against 68.4
Total 5-4-1
Golden Gophers Home
W/L 9-0
ATS 5-1
Pts For 80.8
Pts Against 68.0
Total 3-2-1
Last 10 Games
Date Opponent Result ATS O/U
12-30
3:00 PM
Mount St. Mary's W 71-53
12-21
7:00 PM
North Carolina A&T W 86-67
12-11
8:00 PM
North Florida W 80-71
12-8
3:00 PM
Arkansas State W 72-56 L (-20) U (162)
12-5
8:00 PM
Nebraska W 85-78 W (3.5) O (145)
12-2
6:00 PM
at Ohio State L 79-59 L (8.5) O (137.5)
11-30
9:00 PM
Oklahoma State W 83-76 W (-4.5) O (141)
11-26
8:00 PM
at Boston College L 68-56 L (1) U (150.5)
11-21
5:30 PM
Washington W 68-66 W (-1.5) U (146.5)
11-20
8:00 PM
at Santa Clara W 80-66 W (17) O (142.5)
Avg. Points For 74.0
Avg. Points Against 68.0
ATS 4-3
Over/Under 4-3
Scoring
Mount St. Mary's
NameMinFG3 PTFTOff RebRebAstStlBlkTOFouls+/-PTS
Vado Morse (G) 29:007-16 43.8%3-5 60%1-1 100%0221021018
Dee Barnes (G) 32:005-11 45.5%3-7 42.9%0-0 0%0001114013
Omar Habwe (F) 24:002-7 28.6%1-4 25%4-8 50%162002409
Damian Chong Qui (G) 24:002-4 50%0-0 0%0-1 0%053212204
Nana Opoku (F) 23:001-4 25%1-4 25%0-0 0%040020103
Jalen Gibbs (G) 31:001-10 10%0-4 0%0-0 0%134004302
Malik Jefferson (F) 23:001-5 20%0-0 0%0-0 0%590002402
Collin Nnamene (F) 14:001-2 50%0-0 0%0-0 0%121011402
Matt Becht (G) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
Odri Dedolli (G) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
Jalen Jefferson (F) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
Brandon Leftwich (G) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
Damon'te Moore (G) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
Martin Poulsen (F) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
K.J. Scott (F) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
Ace Stallings (F) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
James West IV (G) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
Minnesota
NameMinFG3 PTFTOff RebRebAstStlBlkTOFouls+/-PTS
Dupree McBrayer (G) 32:005-10 50%3-6 50%2-4 50%0131100015
Amir Coffey (G) 34:003-9 33.3%0-2 0%7-8 87.5%0121023013
Daniel Oturu (C) 27:004-6 66.7%0-0 0%4-5 80%21001324012
Jordan Murphy (F) 27:001-2 50%0-1 0%8-10 80%2932343010
Gabe Kalscheur (G) 26:002-9 22.2%1-6 16.7%1-2 50%041101106
Isaiah Washington (G) 15:003-8 37.5%0-1 0%0-0 0%242011206
Eric Curry (F) 17:002-4 50%0-2 0%0-0 0%361002104
Michael Hurt (F) 10:001-2 50%0-1 0%1-1 100%120000003
Brock Stull (G) 8:001-2 50%0-0 0%0-0 0%021010102
Jarvis Omersa (F) 4:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
Marcus Carr (G) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
Hunt Conroy (G) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
Jarvis Johnson (G) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
Brady Rudrud (G) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
Matz Stockman (C) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
Payton Willis (G) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000