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Associated Press, Published November 21 2013

Eliason’s double-double sparks Gophers to victory

MINNEAPOLIS – Elliott Eliason had 11 points, 11 rebounds and a career-high seven blocks to lead Minnesota to an easy 79-57 victory over Wofford on Thursday.

Austin Hollins led the Gophers (5-0) with 18 points, and he grabbed eight rebounds, too. Oto Osenieks had a career-high 14 points, and Deandre Mathieu added 10 points. Making well-timed cuts and drives to the basket, the Gophers were as crisp on offense as they’ve been all season with give-and-go passes working to near-perfection.

Minnesota had 20 assists on 30 baskets and just eight turnovers.

WOFFORD (1-3): Skinner 5-13 8-8 18, Neumann 3-5 0-0 6, Collins 2-5 5-6 10, Swinton 0-0 0-0 0, Garcia 3-11 2-4 10, Cochran 3-13 0-0 7, Gordon 2-5 0-0 4, Allen 0-2 0-0 0, Faithfull 0-1 0-0 0, Smith 0-1 2-2 2, Grossenbacher 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 18-58 17-20 57.

MINNESOTA (5-0): Osenieks 6-11 1-2 14, Eliason 5-8 1-1 11, Au. Hollins 6-11 3-4 18, An. Hollins 3-5 0-0 7, Mathieu 3-4 4-4 10, Smith 2-6 2-2 7, Ellenson 3-9 0-0 7, Ahanmisi 1-2 0-0 3, Buggs 0-1 0-0 0, McNeil 1-2 0-0 2, Shell 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 30-59 11-13 79.

Halftime: Minnesota 50-24. 3-Point Goals: Wofford 4-21 (Garcia 2-7, Collins 1-3, Cochran 1-7, Faithfull 0-1, Allen 0-1, Grossenbacher 0-2), Minnesota 8-23 (Au. Hollins 3-6, Ahanmisi 1-2, An. Hollins 1-2, Ellenson 1-4, Smith 1-4, Osenieks 1-4, McNeil 0-1). Rebounds: Wofford 35 (Gordon, Skinner 7), Minnesota 36 (Eliason 11). Assists: Wofford 13 (Collins, Garcia 3), Minnesota 20 (Ahanmisi, Mathieu 5). Total Fouls: Wofford 13, Minnesota 20. A: 10,342.