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MINNESOTA SPORTS ROUND-UP: Pitino Jr. wins first game as Gopher men's hoops coach

MINNEAPOLIS - The University of Minnesota men's basketball team won their season opener and the first game of new head coach Rick Pitino Jr.'s tenure as head coach Friday 81-62 over Lehigh in front of nearly 13,000 fans at Williams Arena.

Minnesota won by building up a big first-half margin, leading 37-18 at the break.  Four players were in double figures for the Golden Gophers led by Joey King's 20 points followed by Andre Hollins' 18 points and 11 points each for Eliot Eliason and Austin Hollins.  Austin Price led Lehigh with 15 points. Minnesota will be at home again Tuesday vs. Montana.


Kevin Love and Kevin Martin both scored 32 points in leading the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 116-108 win over the Dallas Mavericks at Target Center. Love flirted with a triple-double, adding 15 rebounds and eight assists marking the second time this season he has recorded at least 30 points, 15 rebounds, and five assists. Corey Brewer contributed 17 points for the Timberwolves, who snapped a two- game slide. Monta Ellis scored 23 points on 9-of-24 shooting and Jose Calderon finished with 21 points and seven helpers in the loss, the Mavs' second in a row.  


The No. 1 ranked University of Minnesota men's hockey team took its first loss of the season by No. 4 Notre Dame 4-1 in South Bend, Ind. The Fighting Irish led 2-1 after the second period and scored twice more in the third. Ben Marshall had Minnesota's lone goal of the game. Gopher goalie Adam Wilcox had 29 saves.  The Irish had two power plat goals while Minnesota went 0-for-4 on the power play. The series concludes tonight at 7 p.m.


The University of Minnesota women's hockey team winning streak has now reach. 60. The No. 1 ranked Golden Gophers won at St. Cloud State Friday 4-1. Sarah Davis had a goal and an assist to lead the U as they built a 3-0 lead after two periods.  The Gophers outrshot SCSU 45-20 and MInnesota goalie Amanda Leveille made 19 saves.  The series concludes at the Herb Brooks Hockey Center this afternoon at 3:07 p.m.