Minnesota rides hot shooting to win over Michigan State in Big Ten opener

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MINNEAPOLIS — Andre Hollins had 22 points and six assists and Rodney Williams added 15 points and six rebounds to lift No. 9 Minnesota to a 76-63 victory over No. 18 Michigan State on Monday.

Minnesota's Trevor Mbakwe dunks during the second half against Michigan State. Mbakwe had 11 points and 12 rebounds as the Golden Gophers improved to 13-1.  ANDY CLAYTON KING/ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Minnesota's Trevor Mbakwe dunks during the second half against Michigan State. Mbakwe had 11 points and 12 rebounds as the Golden Gophers improved to 13-1.

Trevor Mbakwe had 11 points and 12 rebounds and the Golden Gophers (13-1, 1-0 Big Ten) shot 56.6 percent to open conference play with an emphatic victory over a team that has owned them for years.

Keith Appling had 15 points and five assists and Gary Harris scored 12 for the Spartans (11-3, 0-1), who had beaten Minnesota 13 of the last 15 times the two teams had met.

NO. 5 INDIANA 69, IOWA 65

In Iowa City, Iowa, Cody Zeller had 15 of his 19 points in the second half and Indiana opened Big Ten play by holding off Iowa.

Victor Oladipo scored 14 points for the Hoosiers
(13-1, 1-0), who snapped a four-game losing streak in Iowa City and have now won four straight since losing to Butler two weeks ago.

Aaron White had 15 points to lead Iowa (11-3, 0-1)

NO. 7 SYRACUSE 96, CENT. CONNECTICUT STATE 62

In Syracuse, N.Y., Michael Carter-Williams scored a career-high 18 points and added 13 assists and Syracuse beat Central Connecticut State, giving Orange coach Jim Boeheim his 902nd career win.

Boeheim tied Bob Knight for second all-time in victories among Division I men’s coaches. Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski leads with 939.

CCSU (4-7) lost its fourth in a row.

NO. 10 GONZAGA 69, NO. 22 OKLAHOMA STATE 68

In Stillwater, Okla., Kevin Pangos scored 23 points and hit the clinching free throws with 4.3 seconds left, Kelly Olynyk scored all 21 of his points in the second half and Gonzaga (13-1) edged Oklahoma State to spoil one of the Cowboys’ most anticipated nonconference games at Gallagher-Iba Arena in decades.

Marcus Smart led Oklahoma State (10-2) with 23 points.

NO. 14 CINCINNATI 70, NO. 24 PITTSBURGH 61

In Pittsburgh, Cashmere Wright scored 18 points, Sean Kilpatrick added 16 and Cincinnati (13-1, 1-0 Big East) surged past Pittsburgh.

Talib Zanna led Pitt (12-2, 0-1) with 16 points and Lamar Patterson had 13 points, four rebounds and four assists but the Panthers missed all 10 of their 3-point attempts as their eight-game winning streak ended with a thud.

NO. 23 N.C. STATE 89, UNC GREENSBORO 68

In Raleigh, N.C., C.J. Leslie scored 21 points and North Carolina State (11-2) pulled away to beat UNC Greensboro.

Freshman Kayel Locke had 21 points for the Spartans (2-9).

NO. 25 KANSAS STATE 70, SOUTH DAKOTA 50

In Manhattan, Kan., Nino Williams scored 16 points and Kansas State (11-2) pulled away late to defeat South Dakota.

Karim Rowson led the Coyotes (6-9) with 14 points.


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