MINNEAPOLIS -- Austin Hollins scored 15 of his career-high 20 points in the first half as Minnesota jumped out to a big lead en route to a 72-36 win over American on Friday night in the season opener for both teams.
Rodney Williams added 16 for the Gophers.
Hollins scored eight points during a 15-0 Gophers run to start the game, including a steal and dunk and a fast-break layup.
Hollins had two more steals and dunks during a 15-2 Minnesota run that made it 34-8 with 5:39 to play in the first half. American had 14 first-half turnovers that led to 17 Minnesota points.
Minnesota shot 43.5 percent for the game; American 23.7 percent.
Minnesota led 44-14 at the half.
Former Kentucky guard Ed Davender, the only Wildcat with at least 1,500 points and 400 assists, has died. He was 49.
Guard Naz Mitrou-Long, whose 2015-16 season ended in December due to hip problems, has been granted a hardship waiver for the coming season, Iowa State said.
As the Sooners look to life without superstar Buddy Hield and his sidekicks, it's clear their unseasoned players will need to grow up fast.