Williams lifts Minnesota past Tennessee St. 72-43

Williams lifts Minnesota past Tennessee St. 72-43
November 15, 2012, 10:29 pm
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Minnesota guard Andre Hollins, back, goes for the steal against Tennessee State guard DeShawn Dockery during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Paul Battaglia)


MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Rodney Williams had 15 points and seven rebounds as Minnesota defeated Tennessee State 72-43 Thursday night.

Andre Hollins added 13 points and Austin Hollins had 12 for the Gophers (3-0), whose 3-point shooting helped them build an 18-point halftime advantage that never dipped below 17 in the second half.

Kellen Thornton had 11 points and 13 rebounds for the Tigers (0-3), while Jordan Cyphers and Robert Covington added 10 points each. Tennessee State shot a season-low 23.7 percent from the floor thanks in part to a Minnesota defense that prevented quality looks.

The Gophers have limited their three opponents this season to a combined 26.6 percent shooting.

Minnesota held the Tigers without a point for more than six minutes in the second half, scoring 10 straight over that span to race ahead 53-26 and put the game out of reach.