Originally written on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 11/14/14
MINNEAPOLIS -- Sure, it was just an exhibition game, but Richard Pitino's new style brought a breath of fresh air Friday to Williams Arena in the Gophers' preseason opener against Cardinal Stritch. Minnesota pressed early and often, forcing turnovers that resulted in points. The Gophers looked to run in transition, scored on fast-break layups and took good care of the basketball. Pitino's trademark style resulted in a 79-57 win for Minnesota in his first game as the Gophers' head coach. As fun as it was for fans to watch the new-look Gophers, it was just as enjoyable for the players to finally hit the court and play against an actual opponent. "It was a lot of fun. I think guys are getting the hang of it," said senior Austin Hollins, who scored a team-high 17 points in the win. "It was nice to be back on the court for the first time against someone other than ourselves. We're just going to learn from this game, come back and have a strong practice and keep on improving." From th...
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