MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Kris Humphries was never worried.
Even when Oral Roberts tied the game at 59-59 in the middle of
the second half, the freshman knew his Minnesota team would put the
game away. The Golden Gophers lived up to Humphries' expectations,
going on a 24-6 run Friday night en route to a 100-80 victory over
the Golden Eagles.
"I felt like the whole time our team was in control," said
Humphries, who led all scorers with 25 points. "It was just a
matter of time before they broke."
Humphries, the nation's leading scorer among freshmen, scored
six points in the run and outshined two other top freshman as well.
Oral Roberts boasts Ken Tutt and Caleb Green, who entered the
game ranked third and fourth, respectively, in scoring among
freshmen. Tutt scored 24 points to lead the Golden Eagles (4-4),
and Green added 16 points and 11 rebounds.
Humphries added nine rebounds, and Moe Hargrow scored eight of
his 19 points in the second-half rally. Adam Boone had 20 points
for Minnesota, which placed all five starters in double figures
while reaching 100 points for the first time this season.
"This was our best overall game," said Minnesota coach Dan
Monson. "We were ready to play and we had that urgency and
Humphries took control of the game down low early, scoring eight
points in a 22-6 first-half run. Boone hit a pair of 3-pointers in
the rally, which helped the Gophers open up a 25-11 lead with 12:20
to play in the half.
Tutt held the Golden Eagles in the game, scoring eight of his
team's first 15 points. Oral Roberts was able to stay with the
Gophers despite a scoreless first half from Green, who had reached
20 points and 10 rebounds in three of his previous four games.
But Green saw more problems at the other end of the floor.
"We didn't stop nobody," said Green. "Got beat. Bad game."
Schuyler Thomas picked up the slack, hitting a pair of
3-pointers en route to 12 first-half points. The Golden Eagles
rattled off three straight 3-pointers to pull within 37-35 with
3:54 left in the half.
But the Gophers answered with an 11-point run highlighted by a
dunk by Hargrow and took a 49-39 lead into halftime.
Green came alive early in the second half, completing a pair of
three-point plays in a 13-2 run that pulled Golden Eagles even with
the Gophers at 59-59 with 13:19 to play.
But the Gophers regained control by forcing the action inside
and drawing fouls. Five of Minnesota's first nine points in the
rally came on free throws.
And the difference in the game was Humphries.
"We've played a lot of talented freshmen this year," said Oral
Roberts coach Scott Sutton. "Humphries is the best player we've
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