MINNEAPOLIS Rodney Williams has fully embraced the role of team leader on the Gophers men's basketball team. Look no further than Tuesday for the latest example.
In Minnesota's win against South Dakota State earlier, Williams saw his streak of consecutive games in double-digit points come to an end at 18. In fact, he finished with just two points on 1-of-6 shooting. But the senior forward did other things to help his team win. He had four blocks, a few of which brought the Williams Arena crowd to its feet. He also added a few assists and grabbed two rebounds.
It was far from his most impressive offensive output this season, but that didn't matter to Williams. The thing that mattered most was the final score: Minnesota 88, South Dakota State 64.
"I just want to do anything I can to help my team out, no matter if it's scoring, getting blocked shots, whatever it is," Williams said.
Many times this year, Williams' scoring has been key for the Gophers. ...