Minnesota beats South Dakota State 74-60

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP)—Damian Johnson had a career-high 21 points to lead unbeaten Minnesota to a 74-60 win over South Dakota State on Wednesday night.

With nine-straight wins, the Gophers are off to their best start since the 1976-77 squad started 11-0.

The Gophers never trailed and jumped out to a quick double-digit lead while the perimeter-oriented Jackrabbits (4-6, 1-1 Summit) were forced to heave 3-pointers to keep pace.

South Dakota State made a game of it in the second half, though, outscoring the Gophers 18-10 to pull within five with just over 11 minutes to play. But Minnesota responded with a 15-6 run of its own. Lawrence Westbrook’s 3-pointer with 3:25 left gave the Gophers a 68-54 lead and essentially sealed the game.

Clint Sargent led South Dakota State with 25 points and went 4-for-8 from 3-point range. Garrett Callahan went 4-for-9 from behind the arc and finished with 15 points.

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 Top Performers
 South Dakota St.
Clint Sargent Clint Sargent
8-13,  25 Pts
4 Rebs, 2 Assists
 Minnesota
Damian Johnson Damian Johnson
10-15,  21 Pts
6 Rebs, 1 Assists

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Wednesday, Dec 10