Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Western Kentucky Can't Keep Up with Minnesota in NIT Season Tip-Off

Minnesota 76
Western Kentucky 54

Final from Minneapolis, Minnesota

Game recap by WKU:

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Nigel Snipes scored 15 points and hit 4 of 6 attempts behind the arc for the Hilltoppers, but Western Kentucky fell to Minnesota 76-54 on Tuesday night.

Justin Johnson added 15 points, too, but Western Kentucky fell behind 18-6 early and never came closer than 10 points after that.

DeAndre Mathieu had 11 points, six assists and five rebounds, helping Minnesota control the pace of the game.

Nate Mason pitched in 10 points, and the Gophers built a 46-28 halftime edge behind 6-for-11 shooting from 3-point range. They led by as many as 25 points in the second half, despite being outrebounded 42-41.

This game was officially part of the NIT Season Tip-Off, with a preliminary series of campus-site contests this week before the four-team tournament next week at Madison Square Garden in New York. Minnesota plays St. John's and Gonzaga plays Georgia in the semifinals on Nov. 26, with the winners facing two days later.

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