No. 13 Gopher men's hoops holds off Cornell 71-66Minnesota Sports
-- Ralph Sampson III had 13 points and six rebounds to help 15th-ranked Minnesota take a 71-66 win over Cornell.
Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) - Ralph Sampson III had 13 points and six rebounds to help 15th-ranked Minnesota take a 71-66 win over Cornell.
Blake Hoffarber had 13 points and five rebounds while Trevor Mbakwe added 12 points and 16 boards for the Golden Gophers (7-1), who bounced back from a loss to Virginia on Monday.
Errick Peck had 16 points, six rebounds and five assists and Chris Wroblewski donated 16 points and six helpers for the Big Red (2-6), who have dropped five straight.
Wroblewski hit a three-pointer with 1:22 to play to cut Cornell's deficit to 65-63, but Devoe Joseph countered with a jumper with 57 seconds left. Two free throws from Mbakwe the next time down sealed the win.
Minnesota trailed for most of the first half but scored the final seven points of the opening 20 minutes to take a 34-33 lead into the break.