Originally written on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 12/3/11
MINNEAPOLIS Minnesota forward Rodney Williams may have had the highlight of the game Saturday with his 360 dunk in the first half against USC, but it was the steady play of point guard Julian Welch that solidified the win. Welch, a junior college transfer from Yuba (Calif.) Community College, had a team-high 16 points along with six assists and two steals as coach Tubby Smiths Gophers beat the Trojans 55-40.Welch entered the season as a bit of an unknown for the Gophers, who were in need of a starting point guard. But Minnesota originally went with freshman Andre Hollins at the point, with Welch coming off the bench.After forward Trevor Mbakwe suffered a season-ending knee injury, Minnesota was forced to go to a smaller starting lineup. For Welch, that meant his first start as a Gopher on Wednesday against Virginia Tech. He again got the nod Saturday versus the Trojans, and provided a veteran presence at the point."As other teams see his confidence grow and see that hes pretty muc...
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