Coleman’s 24 leads Minnesota past Kennesaw State 83-66

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LAS VEGAS (AP)—Minnesota’s Dan Coleman scored 24 points Saturday night and Lawrence Westbrook added 12 as the Gophers shot 55 percent to top Kennesaw State 83-66 at the Duel in the Desert.

Minnesota led by as many as 27 points in the second half, but Kennesaw State’s Ronell Wooten hit a trio of 3-pointers to spark a late rally, the last of which cut the Owls deficit to 74-59 with 3:59 to play.

The Gophers answered with a three-point play from Coleman and went 5-for-7 from the foul line in the final three minutes to secure the win.

Lawrence McKenzie added 11 points for Minnesota, and Blake Hoffarber had 10.

Minnesota (10-1) held Kennesaw State (2-10) to three field goals in the final 9:34 of the first half in a 23-8 run that blew the game open.

McKenzie keyed the run with consecutive 3-pointers, while Coleman added seven points.

Tanner Jacobs scored 17 points and Wooten added 15 for Kennesaw State.

The Gophers missed seven of their first 10 shots and trailed by four points early. But Hoffarber came off the bench and connected on a pair of 3-pointers, the second of which gave Minnesota a 9-8 lead with 13:23 to play in the half and the Gophers never trailed again.

Minnesota plays host UNLV tomorrow in its final game of the four-team, round robin event. The Gophers beat Nicholls State 77-32 Friday.

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T. Jacobs T. Jacobs
4-7,  17 Pts
5 Rebs, 2 Assists
D. Coleman D. Coleman
11-16,  24 Pts
4 Rebs, 0 Assists

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