Minneapolis, MN (Learfield) -- The Wisconsin Badgers used a 23-to-7 first half run to take a double digit lead on the Minnesota Golden Gophers and never looked back, winning 62-49.

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Minnesota was playing without suspended guards Kevin Dorsey, Nate Mason, and Dupree McBrayer. Walk-on freshman Stephon Sharp of Bloomington paced all scorers with 16 points. Gopher center Bakary Konate grabbed 14 rebounds. Minnesota senior Joey King played in his final home game as a Gopher and struggled shooting the ball. He scored six points on one-of-nine shooting from the floor.

The Gophers are now 8-and-21 on the season overall and 2-and-15 in the Big Ten. Minnesota closes out the regular season with a Saturday game at Rutgers at noon, pre-game coverage on KROC AM begins at 11:30.