MINNESOTA SPORTS ROUNDUP: Austin Hollins helps Gophers pull away from South Dakota State
MINNEAPOLIS -- University of Minnesota senior guard Austin Hollins turned in a career night and helped the Golden Gophers pull away from South Dakota State 75-59 last night at Williams Arena. Hollins scored a season-high 18 points, grabbed a career-high 14 rebounds, and reached the 1000-point club Minnesota center Elliot Eliason also recorded a double-double, scoring ten points and grabbing 12 rebounds. SDSU's Jordan Dykstra led the Jackrabbits with 16 poitns and 12 rebounds. Minnesota improved to 9-2 on the season, while the Jacks fell to 4-and-7 Hall of Fame coach Rick Pitino attended the game, sitting a few rows behind the Gopher bench. The Louisville coach is the father of first-year Gopher head coach Richard Pitino. The elder Pitino wore a maroon Gopher sweater and a maroon and gold scarf at the game.
Minnesota star forward Kevin Love scored 26 points, grabbed 16 rebounds and handed out seven assists to lead the Timberwolves to a 121-94 rout of the Pistons at The Palace of Auburn Hills last night. Ricky Rubio added 15 points and nine assists and Kevin Martin and Nikola Pekovic added 18 points each. The Wolves totaled 12 steals and made 11 three-pointers on their way to ending a short two-game losing streak. They are 10-and-11. Brandon Jennings led Detroit with 20 points and seven assists. Josh Smith added 17 points but the Pistons dropped to 10-and-12 with their second straight loss. Minnesota returns home to play Philadelphia tonight.
Vikings running back Adrian Peterson does not have a Lisfranc injury. Peterson is heading to a specialist for more tests on his injured foot, but the running back says the initial round of evaluations have ruled out a Lisfranc injury. The 28-year-old says he wants to play in the Vikes' Week 15 matchup against Philadelphia. Head coach Leslie Frazier says they will wait for tests before deciding on a course of action. Peterson's backup's status is in question as well, as Toby Gerhart is day-to-day with a strained hamstring he suffered near the end of Sunday's loss to the Ravens.
The Major League Baseball Winter Meetings are underway in Florida and one man who seems happy is Twins manager Ron Gardenhire. Gardenhire told reporters yesterday that he's fired up about the fact his team added some free agent pitching already this off-season. He says they knew they had to get better so they signed Ricky Nolasco and Phillip Hughes. Gardenhire says he thinks the Twins might still have another move or two to pull off this off-season, as well.
The Wild begin a three-game west coast road trip tonight in Anaheim against the Ducks. Minnesota will also make stops in San Jose and Colorado. The Wild have won three-of-four on the heels of a four-game losing streak following Sunday's 3-1 home victory over the Sharks. They sit at 18-9-and-5 on the season. The Ducks are 21-7-and-5. The puck drops tonight at 9 p.m. Minnesota recalled forward Jason Zucker from A-H-L Iowa. He will play tonight.
Bemidji State goaltender Jesse Wilkins of Calgary is this week's WCHA Rookie of the Week. He helped the Beavers to a pair of weekend ties at Michigan Tech. Alabama-Huntsville's Frank Miscuraca is the league's Defensive Player of the Week, while Ferris State's Matter Robertson is the conference's Offensive Player of the Week.
University of Minnesota men's swimmer Daryl Turner of Aurora, Colorado is this week's Big Ten Conference Freshman of the Week after turning in six first-place finishes at an invitational over the weekend. This is his fourth conference honor of the season. Minnesota State-Moorhead senior Kelsey Jandro of Fargo is this week's NSIC Diver of the Week. St. Cloud State sophomore Kelsey Leeson of Riverton, Utah is the NSIC Swimmer of the Week. St. Olaf freshman Nick Wilkerson of Edina is the MIAC men's Swimmer of the Week, while Gustavus Adolphus senior Alissa Tinklenberg of Willmar is the league's women's honoree.