Gophers Overcome Slow Start to Beat St John’s
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Freshman Amir Coffey scored 30 points to lead Minnesota to a 92-86 over St. John's Friday night.
Dupree McBrayer had 18 points, five rebounds and five assists, and Nate Mason added 13 points, seven assists and five rebounds for the Golden Gophers (4-0), who only turned the ball over six times.
The Red Storm led by 13 points midway through the first half, but shot just 37 percent to let the lead slip away.
Coffey made 9 of 14 shots and was 11 for 12 on free throws. Reggie Lynch grabbed 11 rebounds and blocked nine shots for Minnesota.
St. John's blitzed the Gophers out of the gates, leading 22-9 eight minutes into the game. But Coffey, the son of former Minnesota standout Richard Coffey, keyed the Gophers response, a 32-9 finish to the half that helped them take control.