This is Amelia Rayno's third season on the Gophers men's basketball beat. She learned college basketball in North Carolina (Go Tar Heels!), where fanhood is not an option. In 2010, she joined the Star Tribune after graduating from Boston's Emerson College, which sadly had no exciting D-I college hoops to latch onto. Amelia has also worked on the sports desk at the Boston Globe and interned at the Detroit News.

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Postgame: Gophers eke out a tight one, head into Big Ten play

Posted by: Amelia Rayno under College basketball, Gophers players Updated: December 24, 2011 - 3:19 PM

 

Williams had another solid game including three dunks on Thursday

Williams had another solid game including three dunks on Thursday

 

Is it good or bad to end on a nail-biter (with a mid-major team)  – right before Big Ten play?
 
If it hurts your confidence, it can be damaging.
 
But if the Gophers see this as eye-opening about just how much better they need to be – well, that can be a good thing.
 
We’ll discuss that idea more before the Dec. 27 tipoff at Illinois, but for now, I’ll leave you with a few notes from tonight:
 
  • Maverick Ahanmisi started for Andre Hollins again tonight – but after the game Tubby Smith made it clear Hollins wasn’t still hurting from his turned ankle and that Ahanmisi had just earned a new role. “He’s fine,” Smith said of Hollins. “But what am I going to do? I’m not taking Maverick out of the lineup."
  • Ahanmisi had a career game, scoring 13 points and adding three assists and three rebounds.
  • The Gophers – as they often have – got out to a slow start, but even more so than usual. The Bison led 14-2 seven minutes in.
  • Both Rodney Williams and Ralph Sampson III had strong games contributed 14 points and eight rebounds and 15 points and six rebounds, respectively.
  • The Gophers were way out-rebounded tonight – NDSU finished with 39 to the Gophers’ 28.
  • NDSU coach Saul Phillips said he’d like to bring the Gophers up to the Fargo dome one of these days to play. “I’d cook for them,” he offered. Smith’s response? “That’s not going to be enough. Is he going to cook Bison meat or something?”
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