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Minnesota's Austin Hollins (20) goes to the basket over North Dakota State's Mike Felt, left, during the second half Thursday in Minneapolis. Hollins was charged wit ha foul on the play. AP Photo/Tom Olmscheid

Gophers basketball beat North Dakota State in Big Ten tune up

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MINNEAPOLIS - North Dakota State wanted to prove Thursday night it was more than a Big Ten tune-up for the Minnesota Gophers.

The Bison did, but their effort didn't translate into victory.


The Gophers shook of a sluggish shooting start and made enough plays down the stretch to earn a 63-59 victory in nonconference Division I men's basketball at Williams Arena.

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