Welch leads Minnesota past Central Michigan 76-56

The Associated Press
Welch leads Minnesota past Central Michigan 76-56
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Central Michigan forward Olivier Mbaigoto, right, has his shot blocked by Minnesota guard Julian Welch (0) during the first half in an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 13, 2011, in Minneapolis. AP Photo/Paul Battaglia)

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Julian Welch had 15 points and four assists to help Minnesota wear down Central Michigan during a 76-56 victory on Tuesday night.

Austin Hollins and Joe Coleman each scored 12 points for the Gophers (11-1), who have the most victories of any Big Ten team this season, though their schedule has been one of the softest in the group.

Trey Zeigler led the Chippewas (4-5) with 15 of his 19 points in the second half.

Austin McBroom went 5 for 5 from 3-point range for 16 points and Derek Jackson added 15 points for the Chippewas, whose active half-court defense kept them in the game early. They didn't let power forward Rodney Williams get the ball in the post much at all - his only points before halftime came on a fast-break dunk - while flustering the Gophers into 10 first-half turnovers.