Minnesota Sports Roundup: Gopher men's hoops win againMinnesota Sports
-- Golden Gopher senior forward Trevor Mbakwe of St. Paul grabbed a career high 18 rebounds and scored 14 points to pace No. 16 Minnesota past North Dakota State 70-57 last night at Williams Arena.
Golden Gopher senior forward Trevor Mbakwe of St. Paul grabbed a career high 18 rebounds and scored 14 points to pace No. 16 Minnesota past North Dakota State 70-57 last night at Williams Arena. Mbakwe put up his numbers in only 21 minutes of playing time. Gopher senior Rodney Williams of Minneapolis added 19 points and six rebounds. He brought the crowd to its feet with a first-half "360 dunk." Minnesota scored the final eight points of the first half to build an 11-point halftime lead and held a 19-point second half at one point. Lawrence Alexander paced the Bison with 19 points. Minnesota is 11-and-1 on the year, while NDSU fell to 8-and-3.
The Timberwolves wrap up their brief two-game homestand tonight against the Denver Nuggets. Minnesota will then head to New Orleans on Friday before returning home to host Dallas on Saturday. The T'wolves have won three-of-four to even their record at 9-and-9 on the season.
Vikings receiver Michael Jenkins says he hopes the win last Sunday over Chicago gives his quarterback Christian Ponder some confidence. Jenkins, who made four key catches in the win, says the win should build momentum for Ponder and possibly start a run towards the playoffs. Jenkins says as along as Adrian Peterson continues to play well, the Vikings have a chance to win any game they're in. The team did not practice yesterday and will hit the field later today at Winter Park. The Vikes are at St. Louis this Sunday.