Minnesota 78, Missouri-Kansas City 67
MINNEAPOLIS (AP)—Kris Humphries scored 26 points and grabbed 15 rebounds as Minnesota overcame a slow start to beat Missouri-Kansas City 78-67 Monday night in the opening round of the preseason NIT.
It was a solid collegiate debut for Humphries, the Gophers’ prized recruit who came to Minnesota after originally choosing Duke. He shot 12-for-23 from the floor with one blocked shot, a steal and an assist. Humphries left to a standing ovation with Minnesota leading 74-54.
Moe Hargrow scored 18 points for the Gophers (1-0). Fellow senior Michael Bauer added nine points and 10 rebounds.
Mike English had 16 points and 12 rebounds to lead a scrappy UMKC team, which took advantage of Minnesota’s early mistakes and stayed close to the Gophers in the first half. But the Gophers began to pull away just before halftime.
Brandon Lipsey had 13 points and Brandon Temple added 12 for the Kangaroos (0-1). Missouri-Kansas City, which ranked fifth in the nation last year with an average of 9.4 made 3-pointers per game, went 11-for-33 from beyond the arc.
The teams traded the lead in a sloppy first half. Minnesota closed out the half with eight unanswered points to take a 33-25 lead into the locker room.