Originally posted on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 11/9/12
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Austin Hollins scored 15 of his career-high 20 points in the first half as Minnesota jumped out to a big lead en route to a 72-36 win over American on Friday night in the season opener for both teams.Rodney Williams added 16 for the Gophers.Hollins scored eight points during a 15-0 Gophers run to start the game, including a steal and dunk and a fast-break layup.Hollins had two more steals and dunks during a 15-2 Minnesota run that made it 34-8 with 5:39 to play in the first half. American had 14 first-half turnovers that led to 17 Minnesota points.American was led by Stephen Lumpkins with nine points. John Schoof had eight points for the Eagles.Minnesota shot 43.5 percent for the game; American 23.7 percent. Minnesota led 44-14 at the half.
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