MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. Minnesota used an early 30-9 run to seize control and defeat Army, 84-52, in the 2007-08 men’s basketball season opener at Williams Arena on Saturday, Nov. 10.
Junior F John Moonshower tied his career high with a team-best nine points on 4-of-6 shooting. Moonshower was also one of four players with a team-high four rebounds. Sophomore G Josh Miller and junior F Kenny Brewer each chipped in with eight points. Ten of the 16 players that saw action for the Black Knights scored at least one field goal.
Army committed 25 turnovers in the contest that led to 21 Minnesota points. The Black Knight shot 35.2 percent for the game (19-54), while the Gophers connected on 43.5 percent of their field goal attempts, including 46.7 percent (14-30) in the second half. Minnesota also held a 43-36 rebounding advantage.
Dan Coleman led the Gophers with a game-high 16 points and gathered seven rebounds. Damian Johnson also reached double figures with 12 points and a game-high eight boards. Minnesota connected on 10 three-pointers.
Army scored the game’s first points 1:52 into the contest on a three-point field goal by senior G Jarell Brown. The Black Knights claimed a 9-5 lead with 15:02 left in the first half, following a three-pointer by sophomore G Josh Miller and a three-point play by sophomore G Tyrell Thompson, but Minnesota scored 30 of the next 39 points to take a 35-18 lead with just more than four minutes remaining. The 17-point margin was the Golden Gophers’ largest lead of the half.
Army was able to mount a late first-half rally, slicing the lead to 12 at 38-26 following four consecutive points by junior F Kenny Brewer. Minnesota responded with four straight points, including a jumper by Spencer Tollackson at the buzzer, to take a 42-26 advantage into the locker room.
The Gophers took their first 20-point lead of the game 1:54 into the second half on a three-point play by Coleman, who scored Minnesota’s first six points of the half. Brewer responded for the Black Knights with four consecutive markers of his own to trim the lead back to 16 points. Minnesota reeled off 15 consecutive points during the next nine minutes and 37 seconds to take a 31-point advantage, 63-32. The Gophers led by 33 points before Miller scored five unanswered points for the Black Knights. Miller’s driving layup with 6:42 left in the game ended a stretch of 10:48 without a field goal. Minnesota led by as many as 36 before taking the 84-52 win.
Army plays its second straight road game to open the 2007-08 campaign on Monday, Nov. 12 at Sacred Heart. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.
Game Notes: Sophomore G Josh Miller made his first career start ... Jarell Brown’s three-pointer 1:52 into the game marked the 172nd straight game the Black Knights have made at least one shot from long range ... Army went scoreless for a stretch of four minutes and 12 seconds during the first half with the Golden Gophers scoring nine points during that span ... Minnesota’s 42 first-half points were the most allowed by Army since Bucknell scored 43 before halftime on Jan. 27, 2007 ... The Golden Gophers blocked 10 shots ... Sophomore G Cleveland Richard fouled out with 9:02 left in the game ... Army’s loss at Minnesota marked the Black Knights’ ninth-straight loss to a team from the Big Ten ... Army’s 32-point loss was its largest margin of defeat since losing 76-42 to Holy Cross in the quarterfinals of the 2005 Patriot League Tournament ... Freshmen Rickey Royal and Jeremy Hence, along with sophomore Will Schuh each made their collegiate debuts ... Junior F Curtis Koszuta scored a career-high three points.