Minnesota vs DePaul

Minnesota 86, DePaul 85


LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) - Trevor Mbakwe had 16 points and 12 rebounds as Minnesota rallied to beat DePaul 86-85 in the opening round of the Old Spice Classic on Thursday.

Minnesota (5-0) also got 18 points from Rodney Williams. The Golden Gophers will play Indiana State, a 60-49 winner over Texas Tech, in a winner's bracket game Friday.

Brandon Young scored 23 points and Cleveland Melvin added 20 for DePaul (2-1), which will meet Texas Tech in a consolation game Friday.

Williams had a key rebound basket, making it 86-83, after a pair of missed free throws by Julian Welch with 13 seconds left.

Krys Faber had a rebound basket in the final second after DePaul's Moses Morgan missed a potential game-tying three-pointer.

Young hit a jumper to get DePaul within 84-83 with one minute left. After Minnesota's Austin Hollins missed a 3 with the shot clock winding down, Melvin was called for charging with 13 seconds remaining while driving toward the basket.

Williams had a layup and Andre Ingram made two free throws as Minnesota, which trailed by as many as 12 points, went up 72-71 when 8:03 left. An in-close basket by Mbakwe extended the Golden Gophers' lead to 76-73 at the 14-minute mark.

Minnesota took an 83-79 lead on Mbakwe's slam with three minute to go.

Baskets by Andre Hollins and Ralph Sampson III during the opening minute of the second half got Minnesota within 43-37.

After a DePaul timeout, Young responded with consecutive 3-point plays to put DePaul ahead 49-37.

After Minnesota made it 51-45, fast-break dunks by Charles McKinney and Melvin reinstated the Blue Demons' 10-point lead.

Young and Melvin both had 10 points, helping DePaul take a 43-33 halftime advantage. While the Blue Demons went 5 of 10 from 3-point range, Minnesota missed all four of its attempts.

Young hit a 3 to put DePaul up 38-26 with 4 minutes left.

DePaul played its first game since Nov. 14 due to class schedules.

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Minnesota (5-0) «335386
DePaul (2-1)434285

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Minnesota Golden Gophers
R. Williams, F297-94-852118
A. Ingram, F121-12-20014
R. Sampson III, C154-80-04218
A. Hollins, G264-93-411011
A. Hollins, G101-50-00032
T. Mbakwe306-74-6122416
J. Welch214-82-401211
C. Armelin193-80-16316
M. Ahanmisi132-40-02114
O. Osenieks100-20-04010
E. Eliason92-20-03114
J. Coleman60-32-20002
Totals 34-6617-2742131686
DePaul Blue Demons
C. Melvin, F347-166-650320
M. Morgan, F183-80-01018
K. Faber, C275-70-0130410
J. Kelly, G342-80-02425
B. Young, G339-133-314123
C. McKinney223-50-02336
W. Clahar111-22-20124
J. Crockett82-40-00105
D. Robertson Jr.81-10-00012
D. Kirk30-02-20042
T. Freeland20-00-00000
Totals 33-6413-1326132185
Big Ten
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Ohio St.0-04-050
Penn St.0-04-048
Michigan St.0-02-1185

Big East
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Seton Hall0-04-037
St. Johns0-03-032
Other games
Florida St 73 Final
UMass 53
NCASH 63 Final
UConn 73