MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Some Long Beach State players never saw snow
before their trip to play Minnesota on Tuesday night.
They've also never seen a freshman like Kris Humphries, who
scored 28 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in the Gophers' 88-58 win.
While the flurries were falling outside Williams Arena,
Humphries' stats snowballed inside. He made 11 of 18 shots, all six
of his free throws, and dominated play under both baskets.
"I wanted to lead the Big Ten in rebounding and pretty much
break every rebound record at Minnesota, and the points would just
come with the flow, that was my goal," said Humphries, who's
already won Big Ten Player of the Week honors twice. "I didn't
think I was going to be that ready right away."
His performance against the out-manned 49ers was his fifth
double-double in six games.
"He made a couple of turnaround jump shots when we guarded him
well," said Long Beach State coach Larry Reynolds. "We put a
bigger guy on him and he went around him."
Humphries put down an emphatic dunk, scored two more baskets and
added six free throws in a seven-minute stretch midway through the
first half to put the Gophers ahead for good.
Minnesota (4-2) turned the game into a rout with a 13-5 run to
start the second half, and another dunk by Humphries, this time on
a breakaway, made it 73-43 with 8:48 remaining.
"He's playing exactly how I envisioned it," said Minnesota
coach Dan Monson. "He's unstoppable when he gets the ball on his
It was Long Beach State's 19th straight road loss. Their last
win away from home came Feb. 16, 2002, at Cal State-Northridge.
"Take it one game at a time, I guess," said Jenkins. "Once we
get our first away win, we'll start doing better."
Long Beach State, whose only win came last week over Division II
Cal State-Stanislaus, used a 10-0 run early in the game to take a
short-lived 15-11 lead. The Gophers scored ten straight points to
take the lead for good, but the 49ers kept it close, trailing 41-32
at the half.
It was all Minnesota the rest of the way, with the Gophers
limiting Long Beach State to seven baskets in the second half.