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Murphy's double-double helps Gophers hold off Drake

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Minnesota was reminded of a valuable lesson on Monday night when Drake had the Golden Gophers on the ropes. When in doubt, get the ball to Jordan Murphy.

Murphy posted his 12th straight double-double to start the season with 24 points and 18 rebounds, and Minnesota held off Drake 68-67.

''He did it with sheer will,'' Gophers coach Richard Pitino said. ''He just got it done the old-fashioned way.''

Murphy, third in the nation in rebounding, had 14 points and 11 rebounds in the second half alone. Meanwhile, Amir Coffey scored all 16 of his points after the break as Minnesota (9-3) shot 62 percent in the second half to rally from a nine-point deficit.

Ore Arogundade led the Bulldogs (5-5) with 15 points, while Graham Woodward added 15 and De'Antae McMurray 12.

Coming off consecutive double-digit losses at Nebraska and Arkansas that knocked them out of the Top 25, the Gophers came out flat, shooting just 30 percent in the first half as they fell behind by eight early.

''We were playing with the weight of the world on our shoulders,'' said Murphy, who made 11 of 14 shots from the floor. ''The pressure of winning this game today was something we had in the back of our minds.''

The Gophers missed their first six shots while 3-pointers by Woodward, McMurray and Noah Thomas gave Drake an 11-3 lead. But after a timeout, Murphy scored eight straight points for Minnesota to tie it at 11.

Drake threatened to run away in the second half as McMurray and Thomas hit 3-pointers, and Reed Timmer sank three free throws to build a 41-32 lead. But again, Murphy responded with eight straight points, the final four on monster dunks that energized a crowd that previously hadn't had much to cheer about.

Dupree McBrayer's 3-pointer with nine minutes to play gave Minnesota its first lead, 50-47. His steal and dunk gave the Gophers their largest lead at 61-54.

Woodward, a senior from nearby Edina, Minnesota, hit a pair of free throws and a 3-pointer to cut Minnesota's lead to 64-62 with two minutes to play. Murphy again came through, scoring off an offensive rebound and adding another bucket in the low post.

Minnesota had the ball and a six-point lead twice in the final 30 seconds but almost gave the game away. First McBrayer stepped out of bounds along the sideline. Then after a Drake turnover, Gophers forward Michael Hurt missed the front end of a 1-and-1 with 12 seconds left.

Arogundade drove the lane to score on the other end, and Minnesota turned it over on the inbounds pass. The ball ended up in the hands of Woodward, who hit a 3-pointer, but the clock ran out.

''I think it's better to learn from a win than from a loss,'' Murphy said. ''It's definitely a learning experience for us.''

BIG PICTURE

Drake: Medved is a Minnesota native and alumnus, having served as a student manager under former Gophers coach Clem Haskins. Returning to Williams Arena in his first year at Drake, his squad certainly gave a team that is presumed to be a Big Ten contender all it could handle.

Minnesota: The Gophers didn't want to head into their 10-day finals break with a bad taste in their mouths. Mission partly accomplished. Minnesota got the win, but in a frustratingly ugly fashion for coach Richard Pitino.

''It was a great wake-up call for us,'' Pitino said. ''We needed it, as painful as it was. It was like going to the dentist. But we needed that. We found a way to win.

PACE OF PLAY

Minnesota and Drake are both in the top 50 in the nation in scoring, with the Gophers averaging 86.5 points per game and the Bulldogs checking in at 83.1. So what was up with that first half, which ended with Drake leading 28-24?

''Everybody thought this was going to be a high-scoring game, but I thought we did a good job of setting the tempo the way we needed it,'' Drake coach Niko Medved said. ''We got back in transition on defense, we made them a half-court team, and I think we were able to contain their penetration early and make them a jump-shooting team.''

UP NEXT:

Drake hosts Iowa on Saturday.

Minnesota hosts Oral Roberts on Dec. 21.

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Time Team Play Score
20:00   Jumpball received by Minnesota  
19:41   Jordan Murphy missed layup  
19:39   Defensive rebound by Reed Timmer  
19:30 +3 Graham Woodward made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by C.J. Rivers 3-0
19:11   Bad pass turnover on Jordan Murphy  
18:44   Graham Woodward missed 3-pt. jump shot  
18:42   Offensive rebound by C.J. Rivers  
18:40   Shot clock violation turnover on Drake  
18:26   Reggie Lynch missed layup, blocked by Nick McGlynn  
18:24   Defensive rebound by Nick McGlynn  
18:17 +3 De'Antae McMurray made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by C.J. Rivers 6-0
17:51   Amir Coffey missed 3-pt. jump shot  
17:49   Offensive rebound by Reggie Lynch  
17:47   Shooting foul on C.J. Rivers  
17:47   Reggie Lynch missed 1st of 2 free throws  
17:47 +1 Reggie Lynch made 2nd of 2 free throws 6-1
17:32   Lost ball turnover on Nick McGlynn, stolen by Nate Mason  
17:24   Nate Mason missed jump shot  
17:22   Defensive rebound by C.J. Rivers  
17:15   De'Antae McMurray missed jump shot  
17:13   Defensive rebound by Jordan Murphy  
17:00   Amir Coffey missed 3-pt. jump shot  
16:58   Defensive rebound by Reed Timmer  
16:43   De'Antae McMurray missed layup, blocked by Reggie Lynch  
16:41   Offensive rebound by Nick McGlynn  
16:40   Nick McGlynn missed tip-in, blocked by Jordan Murphy  
16:38   Defensive rebound by Jordan Murphy  
16:34   Dupree McBrayer missed jump shot  
16:34   Offensive rebound by Reggie Lynch  
16:34   Personal foul on Nick McGlynn  
16:11 +2 Gaston Diedhiou made hook shot, assist by Jordan Murphy 6-3
15:39   Graham Woodward missed 3-pt. jump shot  
15:37   Offensive rebound by Casey Schlatter  
15:30 +3 Noah Thomas made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Graham Woodward 9-3
15:03   Lost ball turnover on Jordan Murphy, stolen by Graham Woodward  
14:58 +2 Noah Thomas made layup, assist by Graham Woodward 11-3
14:37 +2 Jordan Murphy made layup, assist by Amir Coffey 11-5
14:05   Shot clock violation turnover on Drake  
13:47   Personal foul on Noah Thomas  
13:40   Dupree McBrayer missed jump shot  
13:38   Defensive rebound by Ore Arogundade  
13:19   Noah Thomas missed layup, blocked by Jordan Murphy  
13:17   Defensive rebound by Nate Mason  
13:14   Nate Mason missed 3-pt. jump shot  
13:12   Defensive rebound by Jalen Gibbs  
12:50   Casey Schlatter missed jump shot  
12:48   Defensive rebound by Jordan Murphy  
12:34   Jordan Murphy missed jump shot  
12:32   Offensive rebound by Jordan Murphy  
12:30   Shooting foul on Casey Schlatter  
12:30 +1 Jordan Murphy made 1st of 2 free throws 11-6
12:30 +1 Jordan Murphy made 2nd of 2 free throws 11-7
12:08   Nick McGlynn missed hook shot  
12:06   Defensive rebound by Jordan Murphy  
11:54 +2 Jordan Murphy made layup, assist by Michael Hurt 11-9
11:27   Reed Timmer missed layup, blocked by Reggie Lynch  
11:25   Defensive rebound by Michael Hurt  
11:16 +2 Jordan Murphy made layup, assist by Isaiah Washington 11-11
11:00   Reed Timmer missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:58   Defensive rebound by Reggie Lynch  
10:47   Isaiah Washington missed jump shot  
10:45   Offensive rebound by Reggie Lynch  
10:32   Lost ball turnover on Nate Mason, stolen by Jalen Gibbs  
10:11 +3 Ore Arogundade made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Reed Timmer 14-11
9:46   Michael Hurt missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:44   Offensive rebound by Isaiah Washington  
9:43 +2 Isaiah Washington made tip-in 14-13
9:30   Personal foul on Isaiah Washington  
9:19   Nick McGlynn missed jump shot  
9:17   Defensive rebound by Michael Hurt  
8:49   Lost ball turnover on Isaiah Washington  
8:32   Nick McGlynn missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:30   Defensive rebound by Isaiah Washington  
8:21   Personal foul on Nick McGlynn  
8:13   Dupree McBrayer missed jump shot  
8:11   Defensive rebound by De'Antae McMurray  
8:04 +2 De'Antae McMurray made reverse layup 16-13
7:47   Offensive foul on Davonte Fitzgerald  
7:47   Turnover on Davonte Fitzgerald  
7:23 +2 Casey Schlatter made hook shot, assist by C.J. Rivers 18-13
7:09   Isaiah Washington missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:06   Defensive rebound by Drake  
7:05   Nate Mason missed jump shot  
7:03   Defensive rebound by Reed Timmer  
6:43   Reed Timmer missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:41   Defensive rebound by Reggie Lynch  
6:25 +2 Jordan Murphy made driving dunk, assist by Reggie Lynch 18-15
6:09 +3 Reed Timmer made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Graham Woodward 21-15
5:47   Reggie Lynch missed jump shot  
5:45   Defensive rebound by C.J. Rivers  
5:41   Bad pass turnover on C.J. Rivers  
5:28   Dupree McBrayer missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:26   Defensive rebound by Ore Arogundade  
4:58 +2 Casey Schlatter made jump shot, assist by Noah Thomas 23-15
4:43   Reggie Lynch missed jump shot, blocked by Ore Arogundade  
4:41   Defensive rebound by Drake  
4:41   Jumpball received by Drake  
4:24   Casey Schlatter missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:22   Defensive rebound by Jordan Murphy  
4:10   Nate Mason missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:08   Defensive rebound by Ore Arogundade  
3:52   Ore Arogundade missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:50   Defensive rebound by Dupree McBrayer  
3:48   Bad pass turnover on Dupree McBrayer  
3:39 +2 Reggie Lynch made dunk, assist by Nate Mason 23-17
3:22   Bad pass turnover on De'Antae McMurray, stolen by Dupree McBrayer  
3:04   Dupree McBrayer missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:02   Defensive rebound by De'Antae McMurray  
2:55 +2 De'Antae McMurray made driving layup 25-17
2:41 +3 Nate Mason made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Amir Coffey 25-20
2:15 +3 Ore Arogundade made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Reed Timmer 28-20
1:56   Reggie Lynch missed jump shot  
1:54   Defensive rebound by Noah Thomas  
1:42   Noah Thomas missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:40   Offensive rebound by Ore Arogundade  
1:36   Reed Timmer missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:34   Defensive rebound by Jordan Murphy  
1:29   Personal foul on De'Antae McMurray  
1:18   Shooting foul on Reed Timmer  
1:18 +1 Nate Mason made 1st of 2 free throws 28-21
1:18   Nate Mason missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
1:18   Defensive rebound by C.J. Rivers  
1:02   C.J. Rivers missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:00   Defensive rebound by Nate Mason  
54.0   Dupree McBrayer missed 3-pt. jump shot  
52.0   Offensive rebound by Michael Hurt  
48.0 +3 Nate Mason made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Michael Hurt 28-24
21.0   De'Antae McMurray missed 3-pt. jump shot  
19.0   Defensive rebound by Nate Mason  

Time Team Play Score
19:38 +2 Nate Mason made floating jump shot 28-26
19:17 +2 Nick McGlynn made layup, assist by Reed Timmer 30-26
18:56   Nate Mason missed floating jump shot  
18:54   Offensive rebound by Reggie Lynch  
18:53 +2 Reggie Lynch made layup 30-28
18:40   Nick McGlynn missed jump shot  
18:38   Offensive rebound by Reed Timmer  
18:22 +3 De'Antae McMurray made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by C.J. Rivers 33-28
18:03   Bad pass turnover on Jordan Murphy, stolen by Nick McGlynn  
17:55   De'Antae McMurray missed 3-pt. jump shot  
17:53   Defensive rebound by Jordan Murphy  
17:48   Lost ball turnover on Nate Mason, stolen by C.J. Rivers  
17:36   Graham Woodward missed 3-pt. jump shot  
17:34   Offensive rebound by De'Antae McMurray  
17:34   Shooting foul on Amir Coffey  
17:34 +1 Reed Timmer made 1st of 3 free throws 34-28
17:34 +1 Reed Timmer made 2nd of 3 free throws 35-28
17:34 +1 Reed Timmer made 3rd of 3 free throws 36-28
17:17 +2 Reggie Lynch made hook shot, assist by Nate Mason 36-30
17:03   Shooting foul on Reggie Lynch  
17:03 +1 Nick McGlynn made 1st of 2 free throws 37-30
17:03 +1 Nick McGlynn made 2nd of 2 free throws 38-30
16:45   Amir Coffey missed layup  
16:43   Offensive rebound by Amir Coffey  
16:43 +2 Amir Coffey made dunk 38-32
16:43   Shooting foul on De'Antae McMurray  
16:43   Amir Coffey missed free throw  
16:43   Defensive rebound by C.J. Rivers  
16:22 +3 Noah Thomas made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by De'Antae McMurray 41-32
16:01 +2 Jordan Murphy made driving layup, assist by Nate Mason 41-34
15:46   C.J. Rivers missed layup, blocked by Amir Coffey  
15:44   Defensive rebound by Amir Coffey  
15:40   Lost ball turnover on Amir Coffey, stolen by Reed Timmer  
15:23   Reed Timmer missed 3-pt. jump shot  
15:21   Defensive rebound by Jordan Murphy  
15:06   Dupree McBrayer missed floating jump shot  
15:04   Offensive rebound by Jordan Murphy  
15:00   Jordan Murphy missed layup  
14:58   Offensive rebound by Jordan Murphy  
14:56 +2 Jordan Murphy made tip-in 41-36
14:32   De'Antae McMurray missed floating jump shot, blocked by Reggie Lynch  
14:30   Defensive rebound by Jordan Murphy  
14:24 +2 Jordan Murphy made dunk, assist by Reggie Lynch 41-38
14:04   Traveling violation turnover on Casey Schlatter  
13:53   Bad pass turnover on Amir Coffey  
13:35   Noah Thomas missed 3-pt. jump shot  
13:33   Defensive rebound by Jordan Murphy  
13:16 +2 Jordan Murphy made dunk, assist by Amir Coffey 41-40
12:56   Shooting foul on Amir Coffey  
12:56 +1 Jalen Gibbs made 1st of 2 free throws 42-40
12:56 +1 Jalen Gibbs made 2nd of 2 free throws 43-40
12:43 +3 Nate Mason made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jordan Murphy 43-43
12:15   Traveling violation turnover on Graham Woodward  
11:57   Bad pass turnover on Amir Coffey, stolen by Jalen Gibbs  
11:48 +2 Ore Arogundade made driving layup 45-43
11:31 +2 Amir Coffey made driving layup, assist by Jordan Murphy 45-45
11:13   Personal foul on Isaiah Washington  
11:08 +2 De'Antae McMurray made driving layup 47-45
10:44   Nate Mason missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:42   Defensive rebound by Graham Woodward  
10:24   Graham Woodward missed fade-away jump shot  
10:22   Defensive rebound by Reggie Lynch  
10:10   Shooting foul on Nick McGlynn  
10:10 +1 Amir Coffey made 1st of 2 free throws 47-46
10:10 +1 Amir Coffey made 2nd of 2 free throws 47-47
9:42   Ore Arogundade missed jump shot  
9:40   Offensive rebound by C.J. Rivers  
9:12   De'Antae McMurray missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:10   Defensive rebound by Dupree McBrayer  
9:03 +3 Dupree McBrayer made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Nate Mason 47-50
8:43   C.J. Rivers missed layup  
8:41   Defensive rebound by Reggie Lynch  
8:37   Nate Mason missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:35   Defensive rebound by C.J. Rivers  
8:28 +2 Ore Arogundade made layup, assist by De'Antae McMurray 49-50
8:06   Nate Mason missed jump shot  
8:04   Offensive rebound by Michael Hurt  
8:02   Bad pass turnover on Michael Hurt  
7:56   Shooting foul on Nate Mason  
7:56   Kory Kuenstling missed 1st of 2 free throws  
7:56   Kory Kuenstling missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
7:56   Defensive rebound by Jordan Murphy  
7:37 +2 Jordan Murphy made floating jump shot, assist by Dupree McBrayer 49-52
7:16   Noah Thomas missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:14   Defensive rebound by Jordan Murphy  
7:03   Personal foul on Noah Thomas  
6:50   Shooting foul on De'Antae McMurray  
6:50 +1 Amir Coffey made 1st of 2 free throws 49-53
6:50 +1 Amir Coffey made 2nd of 2 free throws 49-54
6:29 +3 Graham Woodward made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by De'Antae McMurray 52-54
6:14 +3 Amir Coffey made 3-pt. jump shot 52-57
5:40   Shot clock violation turnover on Drake  
5:18   Traveling violation turnover on Jordan Murphy  
4:59   Shooting foul on Reggie Lynch  
4:59 +1 Reed Timmer made 1st of 2 free throws 53-57
4:59 +1 Reed Timmer made 2nd of 2 free throws 54-57
4:38   Nate Mason missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:36   Defensive rebound by De'Antae McMurray  
4:22   Graham Woodward missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:20   Defensive rebound by Jordan Murphy  
4:06   Personal foul on De'Antae McMurray  
3:54   Personal foul on Reed Timmer  
3:48 +2 Amir Coffey made floating jump shot 54-59
3:37   Bad pass turnover on Reed Timmer, stolen by Dupree McBrayer  
3:32 +2 Dupree McBrayer made dunk 54-61
3:17 +3 Ore Arogundade made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by De'Antae McMurray 57-61
2:55 +2 Amir Coffey made driving layup 57-63
2:55   Shooting foul on Reed Timmer  
2:55 +1 Amir Coffey made free throw 57-64
2:43   Personal foul on Dupree McBrayer  
2:43 +1 Graham Woodward made 1st of 2 free throws 58-64
2:43 +1 Graham Woodward made 2nd of 2 free throws 59-64
2:28   Amir Coffey missed driving layup  
2:27   Offensive rebound by Minnesota  
2:19   Dupree McBrayer missed layup  
2:17   Defensive rebound by De'Antae McMurray  
2:09 +3 Graham Woodward made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by De'Antae McMurray 62-64
1:48   Dupree McBrayer missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:46   Offensive rebound by Jordan Murphy  
1:43 +2 Jordan Murphy made dunk 62-66
1:43   Shooting foul on Graham Woodward  
1:43   Jordan Murphy missed free throw  
1:43   Defensive rebound by Ore Arogundade  
1:37   De'Antae McMurray missed layup, blocked by Reggie Lynch  
1:36   Offensive rebound by Drake  
1:29   Reed Timmer missed layup, blocked by Reggie Lynch  
1:27   Offensive rebound by Drake  
1:25   Reed Timmer missed jump shot  
1:23   Defensive rebound by Jordan Murphy  
1:01 +2 Jordan Murphy made layup, assist by Nate Mason 62-68
45.0   Ore Arogundade missed layup, blocked by Jordan Murphy  
43.0   Offensive rebound by Drake  
38.0   Nick McGlynn missed 3-pt. jump shot  
36.0   Defensive rebound by Nate Mason  
28.0   Out of bounds turnover on Dupree McBrayer  
13.0   Traveling violation turnover on Ore Arogundade  
12.0