MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Dawson Garcia scored 11 of his 17 points in the second half and Minnesota beat Central Michigan 68-60 on Saturday night.
Ta’lon Cooper added 12 points with eight assists and Braeden Carrington had 11 points for the Golden Gophers (3-1), who shot 48%, including 7 of 18 from the arc.
Kevin Miller led the Chippewas (1-2) with 19 points while grabbing seven rebounds. Jesse Zarzuela added 15 points and Reggie Bass 10. Central Michigan shot only 31% and made 6 of 25 from 3-point range.
The Gophers were leading by nine points in the second half when they went on a 16-6 run — led by five points from Carrington and four from Garcia — over four minutes that left them ahead by 19 with seven minutes remaining. Central Michigan responded with a 12-2 run to get within nine with three minutes to go.