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Joseph leads Gophs past St. Joseph's

Minnesota's Austin Hollins, left, is fouled by Saint Joseph's Langston Galloway, right, during the second half Wednesday in Philadelphia. AP Photo/Tom Mihalek
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Joseph leads Gophs past St. Joseph's
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PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Devoe Joseph scored 19 points, including a 3-pointer to start a key second-half stretch, and No. 22 Minnesota beat Saint Joseph's 83-73 on Wednesday night.

Blake Hoffarber added 14 points for the Gophers (8-1), who were playing their first road game in the United States. Minnesota's only other games off campus were in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off.

Trevor Mbakwe had 12 points and 16 rebounds for Minnesota, while Ralph Sampson III and Maurice Walker both had 10 points.

Carl Jones led Saint Joseph's with a career-high 29 points and Langston Galloway added 21 for the Hawks (3-6), who have lost four straight.

The Gophers led by as many as 13 points late in the first half, but saw their lead trimmed to 38-37 3:23 into the second half. But Minnesota hit three 3-pointers, two by Hoffarber, during a decisive 13-0 run over a 3:02 span that gave the Gophers a commanding 51-37 lead with 13:35 left.

Joseph and Hoffarber hit consecutive 3-pointers to start the spurt and Hoffarber capped the run with another 3 that gave Minnesota the 14-point lead, its largest of the game.

Saint Joseph's pulled as close as five on four occasions, the last when it was 68-63 with 4:04 left. But Joseph countered with a 3 from the right wing to put the Gophers up 71-63 with 3:51 left.

Minnesota has given up 40 3-pointers in their last four games and the Hawks tried but couldn't take advantage of that porous perimeter defense, shooting 9 for 29 from long range, including 3 for 17 in the first half.

The Hawks trailed 36-26 at halftime, but scored 11 of the first 13 points after the break to pull within 36-37 3:23 into the half.

The Hawks opened the second half going 4 for 5 from the field, while the Gophers missed five of their first six shots.

Pioneer staff reports
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