Found December 01, 2011 on From The Barn:
Defying the expectations of  those who expected the Mbakwe-less Gophers to come out flatter than normal against a decent Virginia Tech squad , Minnesota pulled off a thrilling 58-55 victory in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge and raise the eyebrows of the many who gave them little chance for survival. Inspired 2nd half play hasn’t been [...] Related posts:Comeback kids sap Sycamores Ralph Sampson III declares for draft, Mbakwe does not Julian Welch is a Gopher
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Minnesota 55, Southern Cal 40

Rodney Williams had 12 points - including two dunks - plus nine rebounds and four steals to give Minnesota some energy for a 55-40 victory over struggling Southern California on Saturday. Julian Welch scored 16 points with six assists, and Williams scored in double digits for the second straight game after moving from the perimeter into standout Trevor Mbakwe's power forward...

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