MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jordan Murphy scored 18 points and added 12 rebounds and Minnesota pulled away to beat Mount St. Mary's 80-56 Wednesday night.
The Gophers, 3-0 for the first time in three years, also got 13 points each from Dupree McBrayer and Nate Mason.
Junior Robinson scored 16 points to lead Mount St. Mary's (0-3), which fell to 0-18 all-time against Big Ten teams. Elijah Long had 11 points and 5 rebounds.
With Minnesota up 49-42, Murphy scored on a dunk, blocked a 3-pointer by Will Miller and scored on another dunk 5 seconds later. After a media timeout, he scored on a putback for a 13-point lead with 11:10 to play.
Back-to-back 3-pointers by Akeem Springs pushed the lead to 19. He and Amir Coffey each finished with 10 points.
Minnesota, which shot 57.4 percent, also had a 46-25 rebounding edge.
Mount St. Mary's: The Mountaineers live and die playing up-tempo, with an aggressive full-court pressure on defense and an offense that likes to shoot from beyond the arc. Mount St. Mary's showed flashes on both ends, but was just 7 of 27 on 3-pointers. It needs to be more consistent, especially against teams with bigger post players.
Minnesota: The Gophers, who went 8-23 last year, including home losses to mid-majors South Dakota, South Dakota State and Wisconsin-Milwaukee, continue to advantageously use their depth. This was the third straight game at least five Gophers finished in double figures.
Mount St. Mary's continues its season-opening nine-game road trip Friday at George Mason (1-1) of the Atlantic 10. Mount St. Mary's has lost 14 straight non-conference road games.
Minnesota is expected to have a tough test Friday when the Gophers welcome St. John's as part of the Gavitt Tipoff Games. It will conclude a stretch of three games in five nights at home. The Red Storm (2-0) beat Binghamton 77-61 Monday.