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Murphy's 51st double-double leads Gophers over Cowboys 83-76

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Coach Richard Pitino set Minnesota's early-season schedule with a load of opponents from Power Five conferences, hoping to challenge his young Gophers and help their standing for the NCAA tournament.

Winning those games adds to Minnesota's resume.

Jordan Murphy scored a season-high 24 points to lead five players in double figures, and he added 16 rebounds to lead the Gophers to an 83-76 win against Oklahoma State on Friday night as part of the U.S. Bank Stadium Basketball Classic.

Minnesota has beaten Utah, Texas A&M, Washington and now the Cowboys before leaving for a game at No. 16 Ohio State.

''We've beaten a Big 12 team, two Pac-12 teams and an SEC team, and I don't believe it's December yet,'' Pitino said after the win. ''It's worth it to play in this venue. I thought our fans were awesome. Our fan base is really, really underrated.''

Gabe Kalscheur scored 14 points, hitting three 3-pointers in the second half for the Gophers (6-1), who overcame their first loss of the season at Boston College. Isaiah Washington added 15 points for Minnesota.

Lindy Waters III led Oklahoma State with 18 points. Waters hit 4 of 6 from 3-point territory. Michael Weathers added 17 points for the Cowboys, who play five freshmen and only have one senior.

''We've got to be better,'' Oklahoma State coach Mike Boynton said. ''We're a team that's continuing to find out who we are. A month from now, I think we'll be much better for this experience.''

The Cowboys (4-3), who entered with the 16th best 3-point percentage in the country at 42.5 percent, were 10 of 19 from 3, but just 12 of 24 from the free-throw line.

''Free throws have been an issue,'' Boynton said. ''It's something we need to address, for sure.''

The Gophers started slow in the expansive football stadium, leaning on an attacking Murphy, their senior forward who was named to several player of the year award watch lists. Murphy scored 13 of the team's first 18 points.

Two 3s from Dupree McBrayer and Kalscheur pushed Minnesota to its biggest lead of the game at 18 points in the second half. But the Gophers went without a field goal for more than four minutes and Oklahoma State closed within 77-73.

''Our sense of urgency just picked up,'' Waters said. ''On the defensive end, we started executing traps, rebounding, help side, knowing the personnel and then executing offensively. Not being afraid to make a mistake on the offensive end because, you know, trying to make a comeback you want to be as aggressive as possible.''

The Gophers were 23 of 30 from the free-throw line to close out the game.

''I think it's huge with momentum being 6-1, obviously coming off a win going into Sunday and then again on Wednesday,'' Murphy said. ''We definitely just got to pay attention to the scouting report and game plan coach has set out for us and just be ready.''

BIG PICTURE

Oklahoma State: The Cowboys couldn't follow up their win against No. 19 LSU on Sunday. Oklahoma State has six wins over ranked opponents in coach Mike Boynton's two seasons but has had letdowns, too. The young Cowboys experienced a unique setting on Friday that could serve them well down the road.

Minnesota: Another neutral-site victory should help the Gophers in their bid to return to the NCAA tournament. Minnesota will have the strength of schedule of playing in the Big Ten and has now won four neutral-site games already this season after going 3-0 at the Vancouver Showcase.

MURPHY'S MARK

Murphy finished with the 51st double-double of his career, tying Jim Brewer for the most in school history.

''He's so productive,'' Pitino said. ''I don't think it's anybody else. He's just insanely productive. He's one of the more productive players I've ever been around. It's not always pretty, but he just finds a way. Sixteen rebounds like it was nothing.''

TESTING GROUNDS

The game is part of a four-game showing at U.S. Bank Stadium in preparation for hosting the 2019 Final Four. The three-year stadium hosts the NFL's Minnesota Vikings and was the site of the Super Bowl in February.

On Saturday, North Dakota State and Drake play, followed by South Dakota State and Northern Iowa. Division III St. Thomas and Wisconsin-River Falls played earlier on Friday.

UP NEXT

Oklahoma State plays at Tulsa on Wednesday.

Minnesota goes to Ohio State on Sunday.

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Key Players
L. Waters III
J. Murphy
28.3 Min. Per Game 28.3
14.3 Pts. Per Game 14.3
3.7 Ast. Per Game 3.7
12.2 Reb. Per Game 12.2
41.7 Field Goal % 53.1
42.4 Three Point % 37.5
95.8 Free Throw % 69.6
  Defensive rebound by Amir Coffey 6.0
  Michael Weathers missed layup 8.0
+ 1 Jordan Murphy made 2nd of 2 free throws 13.0
+ 1 Jordan Murphy made 1st of 2 free throws 13.0
  Personal foul on Duncan Demuth 13.0
+ 1 Michael Weathers made 2nd of 2 free throws 15.0
+ 1 Michael Weathers made 2nd of 2 free throws 15.0
  Michael Weathers missed 1st of 2 free throws 15.0
  Personal foul on Dupree McBrayer 15.0
+ 1 Jordan Murphy made 2nd of 2 free throws 22.0
+ 1 Jordan Murphy made 2nd of 2 free throws 22.0
Team Stats
Points 76 83
Field Goals 27-63 (42.9%) 26-50 (52.0%)
3-Pointers 10-19 (52.6%) 8-14 (57.1%)
Free Throws 12-24 (50.0%) 23-30 (76.7%)
Total Rebounds 34 38
Offensive 10 6
Defensive 20 27
Team 4 5
Assists 12 18
Steals 8 4
Blocks 7 8
Turnovers 11 18
Fouls 24 20
Technicals 0 0
18 PTS, 8 REB, 1 AST
24 PTS, 16 REB, 2 AST
12T
away team logo Oklahoma State 4-3 383876
home team logo Minnesota 6-1 453883
Team Stats
away team logo Oklahoma State 4-3 70.4 PPG 39.4 RPG 13.6 APG
home team logo Minnesota 6-1 74.9 PPG 42.8 RPG 15.4 APG
Key Players
21
L. Waters III G 11.5 PPG 4.9 RPG 2.9 APG 41.4 FG%
3
J. Murphy F 14.4 PPG 11.6 RPG 2.6 APG 48.7 FG%
Top Scorers
L. Waters III G 18 PTS 8 REB 1 AST
J. Murphy F 24 PTS 16 REB 2 AST
42.9 FG% 52.0
52.6 3PT FG% 57.1
50.0 FT% 76.7
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
L. Waters III 18 8 1 5/12 4/6 4/5 3 37 1 0 0 4 4
C. McGriff 10 6 1 4/13 2/3 0/1 4 29 4 1 2 3 3
T. Dziagwa 6 2 2 2/7 2/7 0/0 0 26 2 0 1 0 2
Y. Anei 6 4 0 2/2 0/0 2/4 5 15 0 4 2 1 3
I. Likekele 5 3 5 2/4 0/0 1/3 1 28 1 1 1 0 3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
L. Waters III 18 8 1 5/12 4/6 4/5 3 37 1 0 0 4 4
C. McGriff 10 6 1 4/13 2/3 0/1 4 29 4 1 2 3 3
T. Dziagwa 6 2 2 2/7 2/7 0/0 0 26 2 0 1 0 2
Y. Anei 6 4 0 2/2 0/0 2/4 5 15 0 4 2 1 3
I. Likekele 5 3 5 2/4 0/0 1/3 1 28 1 1 1 0 3
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Weathers 17 3 1 6/14 0/0 5/7 4 26 0 1 4 0 3
M. Cunningham 12 2 1 5/9 2/3 0/0 0 19 0 0 0 0 2
M. Calloo 2 0 1 1/1 0/0 0/0 1 7 0 0 1 0 0
K. Jones 0 1 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 3 6 0 0 0 1 0
D. Demuth 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/4 3 7 0 0 0 1 0
C. Jones - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Reeves - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Major - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 76 30 12 27/63 10/19 12/24 24 200 8 7 11 10 20
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Murphy 24 16 2 6/12 1/1 11/14 4 37 0 1 3 3 13
G. Kalscheur 14 0 2 4/8 3/6 3/3 3 36 2 0 0 0 0
A. Coffey 11 3 2 4/6 0/1 3/5 1 35 0 1 3 1 2
D. McBrayer 10 4 3 4/6 2/3 0/0 4 32 0 0 3 0 4
D. Oturu 5 4 1 1/4 0/0 3/4 4 14 1 3 3 2 2
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Murphy 24 16 2 6/12 1/1 11/14 4 37 0 1 3 3 13
G. Kalscheur 14 0 2 4/8 3/6 3/3 3 36 2 0 0 0 0
A. Coffey 11 3 2 4/6 0/1 3/5 1 35 0 1 3 1 2
D. McBrayer 10 4 3 4/6 2/3 0/0 4 32 0 0 3 0 4
D. Oturu 5 4 1 1/4 0/0 3/4 4 14 1 3 3 2 2
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
I. Washington 15 1 4 5/10 2/3 3/4 1 20 1 0 3 0 1
M. Stockman 2 4 3 1/3 0/0 0/0 0 17 0 3 3 0 4
M. Hurt 2 1 1 1/1 0/0 0/0 1 7 0 0 0 0 1
J. Omersa 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0
B. Stull - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Johnson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Curry - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Rudrud - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. Willis - - - - - - - - - - - - -
H. Conroy - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Carr - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 83 33 18 26/50 8/14 23/30 20 200 4 8 18 6 27