Originally written on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 12/10/12
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The only reason Rodney Williams became an inside player for Minnesota was Trevor Mbakwe's torn-up knee. Playing together in the post for the first time in their college career, Mbakwe and Williams are turning into quite the pair for the 13th-ranked Gophers. Williams scored a season-high 19 points, including a 360-degree dunk off a fast break, and Mbakwe grabbed a career-best 18 rebounds in 21 minutes to lead Minnesota past North Dakota State 70-57 on Tuesday night. "Rodney's a threat because there's not many '4' men as athletic as him, with his skill set. There aren't many people as strong as Trev. It makes life easier for a point guard," a smiling Andre Hollins said. Hollins added 11 points for the Gophers (11-1), who have won 16 straight games in this series since losing in 1936. Mbakwe scored 14 points himself, and Bison coach Saul Phillips, at the podium for his postgame interview, joked that the sixth-year senior added five more rebounds on his way upst...
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