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Minnesota holds off Vanderbilt in 56-52 win

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) Minnesota erased a 12-point first half deficit and hung on to defeat Vanderbilt 56-52 on Saturday.

Freshman Amir Coffey hit two field goals in the final 95 seconds to help the Gophers to improve to 7-1 on the season. Coffey was 0-for-2 in the first half but came up big down the stretch.

''He had two, just really big-time shots,'' said Minnesota coach Richard Pitino. ''He had great confidence and poise, especially for a freshman. He's a really great player who can do a lot of things.''

The Gophers trailed 25-24 at halftime but used a 15-2 run to open the second half to build their biggest lead of the game at 39-27. From that point, Vanderbilt (4-4) went on a 23-11 run over the next eight minutes to take a six point advantage before the Gophers pulled away late.

''It was a game of runs. It was a fun game,'' Pitino said. ''This was a good win. I was happy to see our guys fight and get back in it. More than once.''

Jordan Murphy recorded his third double-double of the season with 16 points and 14 rebounds to lead Minnesota. He was 8-for-17 from the field and grabbed ten of his 14 rebounds in the second half.

Vanderbilt's Jeff Roberson also recorded his third double-double of the season with 12 points and 16 rebounds. His 3-pointer with 7:09 to play gave the Commodores a 45-44 lead, their first lead since the one-point edge at halftime.

Vanderbilt finished the night shooting just 30.2 percent, going 28.1% in the second half. They went to the free throw line just nine times, seven of those attempts coming in the final 12 minutes.

''I think defensively, we're pretty good right now,'' Pitino said. ''Vanderbilt is a very gifted offensive team, so to hold them to 30 percent and to do it without fouling is just terrific.''

The Commodores were just 9-for-32 from the field in the second half and scored just one field goal in the first six minutes of the game.

''They have a lot of length and athleticism,'' said Vanderbilt coach Bryce Drew. ''They contested a lot of shots. Yea, we had some good looks, but they made it tough on us all night.''

The Commodore's looked to blow it out early when they built a 14-2 lead. But after missing 10 of their first 11 shots, Minnesota responded with a 13-0 run and took the lead on a Dupree McBrayer basket. The Gophers didn't get their first basket of the game until the 14:57 mark when Murphy finally scored. Minnesota finished the night shooting 39 percent, but hitting 44.8 percent in the second half.

After Minnesota built the lead to 39-27 on a 15-2 run to open the second half, it was Vanderbilt who made another run to cut the gap. Over the next eight minutes, the Commodores went on an 18-5 run to take the lead with just over seven minutes to play on a Luke Kornet 3-pointer.

Vanderbilt built the lead to as many as six, but the momentum turned back to Minnesota when Coffey hammered home a dunk on an alley-oop pass from McBrayer, cutting the lead to 50-48 with 4:48 to play.

McBrayer fouled Vanderbilt's Nolan Cressler from outside the arc with 1:45 to play and the score tied at 50. Cressler made two of three from the line for a quick lead before the Gophers scored the final six.

BIG PICTURE

Minnesota: The Gophers improve to 7-1 and have six straight games back in Minneapolis where they are 6-0 this season. The home stretch is capped by their BIG 10 season opener on Dec. 27 vs. Michigan State.

Vanderbilt: The loss snaps a two-game win streak for the Commodores who made their first visit to South Dakota. They return home for two of their next three games.

STAT OF THE NIGHT

Minnesota outscored Vanderbilt 34-8 in the paint. ''We're definitely a perimeter shooting team, but that's something we've addressed and will continue to address,'' Drew said. ''We have to find a way to get easier points and getting the ball to the rim. That's been a challenge for us.''

LET DOWN

Vanderbilt's Matthew Fisher-Davis entered the game leading the Commodores in scoring at 15.3 points per game including a 22-point game in Vanderbilt's victory over Tennessee State on Tuesday. Against Minnesota, he had his worst shooting night of the season going just 3-for-11 from the field and scored just three points in the second half.

UP NEXT

Minnesota: The Gophers return home to Minneapolis to host the New Jersey Institute of Technology on Dec. 6. The Highlanders come to Minnesota the winners of two straight including its 75-74 victory on Saturday against UMASS Lowell.

Vanderbilt: The Commodores return home to Nashville to host High Point on Dec. 6.

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Key Players
J. Roberson
N. Mason
32.4 Min. Per Game 32.4
12.7 Pts. Per Game 12.7
5.1 Ast. Per Game 5.1
3.6 Reb. Per Game 3.6
40.5 Field Goal % 38.5
34.4 Three Point % 38.7
75.0 Free Throw % 75.8
  Offensive rebound by Vanderbilt 0.0
  Riley LaChance missed 3-pt. jump shot 0.0
  Defensive rebound by Jeff Roberson 4.0
  Jordan Murphy missed free throw 4.0
  Personal foul on Jeff Roberson 4.0
  Defensive rebound by Jordan Murphy 4.0
  Jeff Roberson missed layup 6.0
  Offensive rebound by Jeff Roberson 7.0
  Luke Kornet missed 3-pt. jump shot 9.0
+ 2 Jordan Murphy made layup 15.0
  Offensive rebound by Jordan Murphy 15.0
Team Stats
Points 52 56
Field Goals 19-63 (30.2%) 23-59 (39.0%)
3-Pointers 8-25 (32.0%) 3-9 (33.3%)
Free Throws 6-9 (66.7%) 7-15 (46.7%)
Total Rebounds 46 41
Offensive 11 8
Defensive 30 30
Team 5 3
Assists 12 15
Steals 4 7
Blocks 4 8
Turnovers 12 9
Fouls 13 7
Technicals 0 0
12 PTS, 6 REB, 1 AST
16 PTS, 14 REB
12T
away team logo Vanderbilt 4-4 252752
home team logo Minnesota 7-1 243256
Team Stats
away team logo Vanderbilt 4-4 71.1 PPG 39.5 RPG 12.0 APG
home team logo Minnesota 7-1 72.1 PPG 41.8 RPG 15.2 APG
Key Players
00
J. Roberson F PPG RPG APG FG%
3
J. Murphy F 15.1 PPG 12.0 RPG 2.7 APG 50.0 FG%
Top Scorers
J. Roberson F 12 PTS 16 REB 1 AST
J. Murphy F 16 PTS 14 REB 0 AST
30.2 FG% 39.0
32.0 3PT FG% 33.3
66.7 FT% 46.7
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
L. Kornet 12 6 1 4/18 2/8 2/4 3 32 0 2 1 3 3
J. Roberson 12 16 1 5/14 2/6 0/0 1 36 1 2 1 3 13
R. LaChance 9 7 5 4/10 1/2 0/0 2 38 0 0 3 2 5
M. Fisher-Davis 8 3 4 3/11 2/7 0/0 1 35 1 0 2 0 3
P. Willis 3 1 1 1/2 1/1 0/0 0 23 1 0 5 1 0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
L. Kornet 12 6 1 4/18 2/8 2/4 3 32 0 2 1 3 3
J. Roberson 12 16 1 5/14 2/6 0/0 1 36 1 2 1 3 13
R. LaChance 9 7 5 4/10 1/2 0/0 2 38 0 0 3 2 5
M. Fisher-Davis 8 3 4 3/11 2/7 0/0 1 35 1 0 2 0 3
P. Willis 3 1 1 1/2 1/1 0/0 0 23 1 0 5 1 0
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
N. Cressler 6 4 0 1/3 0/0 4/5 2 18 1 0 0 1 3
D. Baptiste 2 2 0 1/1 0/0 0/0 1 8 0 0 0 0 2
J. Toye 0 2 0 0/3 0/0 0/0 0 7 0 0 0 1 1
C. Brown 0 0 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 3 3 0 0 0 0 0
L. Austin Jr. - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. McGloin - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Justice - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 52 41 12 19/63 8/25 6/9 13 200 4 4 12 11 30
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Murphy 16 14 0 8/17 0/1 0/4 0 29 1 0 3 4 10
A. Coffey 9 3 2 3/8 0/1 3/4 0 37 1 0 2 0 3
N. Mason 8 4 5 2/6 2/3 2/2 0 33 1 0 2 0 4
D. McBrayer 5 2 6 2/9 0/1 1/2 3 34 2 0 0 1 1
R. Lynch 4 5 0 2/3 0/0 0/1 3 25 1 6 2 0 5
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Murphy 16 14 0 8/17 0/1 0/4 0 29 1 0 3 4 10
A. Coffey 9 3 2 3/8 0/1 3/4 0 37 1 0 2 0 3
N. Mason 8 4 5 2/6 2/3 2/2 0 33 1 0 2 0 4
D. McBrayer 5 2 6 2/9 0/1 1/2 3 34 2 0 0 1 1
R. Lynch 4 5 0 2/3 0/0 0/1 3 25 1 6 2 0 5
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
E. Curry 6 3 2 3/5 0/0 0/0 0 11 1 0 0 1 2
B. Konate 5 7 0 2/5 0/0 1/2 1 15 0 2 0 2 5
A. Springs 3 0 0 1/6 1/3 0/0 0 16 0 0 0 0 0
D. Fitzgerald - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. Diedhiou - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Haugh - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Gilbert - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Johnson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Sharp - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Hurt - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Rudrud - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 56 38 15 23/59 3/9 7/15 7 200 7 8 9 8 30