MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Andre Hollins led six Golden Gophers in double figures with 18 points as Minnesota defeated New Orleans 80-65 on Saturday afternoon.
Center Mo Walker, making his first start of the season, scored 11 points and grabbed eight rebounds for Minnesota (8-2). Cory Dixon led the Privateers with 16 points, while Matt Derenbecker added 14 points and eight boards.
The Gophers were coming off their most impressive victory of the season, a 10-point win over Florida State in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge on Tuesday. But hoping to avoid a letdown against the lightly regarded Privateers (1-4), Minnesota coach Richard Pitino had his team on a short leash early.
Pitino benched Hollins, his leading scorer, after the Gophers' first possession when Hollins wasn't paying attention and let a pass skip past him. Hollins returned after 5 minutes on the bench and keyed a 9-0 run to put Minnesota ahead 21-6.