Minnesota 88, Grambling State 64
MINNEAPOLIS (AP)—Vincent Grier scored a season-high 25 points and Minnesota scored its most points this year in an 88-64 victory over Grambling State on Wednesday night.
Spencer Tollackson added 17 points and nine rebounds for the Gophers (7-2), winners of five straight. Jamal Abu-Shamala scored 13 points, Dan Coleman made 12 and Jonathan Williams had five blocks off the bench.
Minnesota’s previous high was 85 points in an overtime win at Arizona State on Dec. 5.
Brion Rush led Grambling State (2-4) with 25 points, including a season-high seven 3-pointers. Jamal Breaux had 10 for the Tigers, who have lost four straight.
Tied at 15 six minutes into the game, the Gophers went on a 23-6 run capped by a Rico Tucker behind-the-back pass to Tollackson, while both were in full stride. Tollackson took a step before scoring on a thunderous dunk with 7:38 left.
The Tigers got within 10 points on three occasions later in the half, and trailed 53-36 at the break.
Grier, in his third game back after missing five games with a broken bone in his left hand, scored seven points and Abu-Shamala added five during a 14-4 Minnesota run to begin the second half for a 67-40 lead. Grambling State, which gave up 101 points to Texas A&M in its previous game, never got closer than 21 points thereafter.