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Associated Press, Published November 18 2012

Williams scores 15 as Minnesota rallies past Richmond

MINNEAPOLIS – Rodney Williams helped Minnesota rally in the second half after a sluggish start, scoring 15 points with six rebounds and four assists in the Gophers’ 72-57 victory over Richmond on Sunday night.

Trevor Mbakwe had nine points, 12 rebounds and two blocks in his most extensive action of the season for the Gophers (4-0), who play No. 9 Duke next in a Thanksgiving weekend tournament in the Bahamas. Andre Hollins had 14 points, seven assists and three steals and was the primary spark during the defining stretch of the second half when the Gophers pulled away, putting them ahead for good 51-49 with a 3-pointer with 8:12 left.

RICHMOND (3-1): Robbins 2-5 0-0 5, Williams 6-11 3-6 16, Nelson-Ododa 2-4 1-2 5, Brothers 1-11 0-0 2, Lindsay 4-13 1-1 9, Davis 0-2 0-0 0, Anthony 4-15 4-4 13, Sparrow 2-4 0-0 4, Taylor 1-1 0-0 3, Allen 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 22-66 9-13 57.

MINNESOTA (4-0): Williams Jr. 6-10 3-5 15, Eliason 2-2 0-0 4, Au. Hollins 3-4 5-5 13, Coleman 4-7 1-3 10, An. Hollins 5-12 3-3 14, Welch 0-0 0-0 0, Osenieks 0-0 0-0 0, Ahanmisi 1-1 2-2 5, Ingram 0-2 0-0 0, Mbakwe 4-7 1-3 9, Walker 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 26-46 15-21 72.

Halftime: Minnesota 30-29. 3-Point Goals: Richmond 4-20 (Taylor 1-1, Williams 1-2, Robbins 1-3, Anthony 1-6, Nelson-Ododa 0-1, Sparrow 0-1, Lindsay 0-2, Brothers 0-4), Minnesota 5-10 (Au. Hollins 2-3, Ahanmisi 1-1, Coleman 1-1, An. Hollins 1-4, Williams Jr. 0-1). Fouled Out: None. Rebounds: Richmond 30 (Nelson-Ododa, Williams 4), Minnesota 41 (Mbakwe 12). Assists: Richmond 9 (Brothers 3), Minnesota 17 (An. Hollins 7). Total Fouls: Richmond 20, Minnesota 13. A: 11,341.