No. 21 Minnesota beats North Florida 87-59

87 points a season high for Gophers
No. 21 Minnesota beats North Florida 87-59

Minnesota 87, North Florida 59: Rodney Williams Jr. scored a team-high 14 points as the host Gophers erased an early lead to breeze past the Ospreys.

Austin Hollins had 12 points and four of a season-best 13 blocks for Minnesota (8-1), which missed its first 12 3-point attempts. Maverick Ahanmisi connected from beyond the arc with 1:43 remaining in the second half.

Parker Smith had a game-high 22 points and Travis Wallace went 7-for-10 from the floor to finish with 17 points for North Florida (3-5).

After Wallace scored 10 quick points to give the Ospreys a 20-13 lead, Trevor Mbakwe netted nine of his 11 first-half points during a 22-7 run to give Minnesota a lead it would not relinquish.

Joe Coleman added 11 points for the Golden Gophers, who have won four in a row.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Minnesota F Andre Ingram missed the contest due to a death in the family…The 87 points were a season high for the Golden Gophers. … North Florida began a stretch of five straight road contests on Saturday. The Ospreys won’t play in front of their home crowd until a date with Lipscomb on Dec. 31.