Originally written on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 12/22/11
MINNEAPOLIS When the University of Minnesota mens basketball team needed to answer against North Dakota State, sophomore guard Maverick Ahanmisi stepped up to the challenge.Ahanmisi made two key first-half three-pointers and added six points after halftime to help the Gophers hold off the Bison, 63-59, on Thursday at Williams Arena.Ahanmisi finished with a career-high 13 points, along with three rebounds, three assists and three steals to help Minnesota improve to 12-1 as it enters Big Ten play next week."Maverick, thank God he was on tonight and playing well, Gophers coach Tubby Smith said. "Hes playing with a lot of poise.After Minnesota fell behind 14-2 early to the Bison, the Gophers clawed their way back. They finally tied the game at 19-19 on a Rodney Williams dunk, then again at 21-21 on another dunk by Williams. But after NDSUs Dylan Hale hit a 3-pointer, Ahanmisi answered with the first of his two 3-pointers to even the score at 24-24.Not long after that, Ahanmisi again an...
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