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NCAAB: Strong second half lifts Minnesota over Green Bay

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Jamison Battle scored 23 points on 9-for-15 shooting, and Minnesota pulled away for a 72-56 win over Green Bay on Wednesday evening in Minneapolis.

Payton Willis registered a double-double with 14 points and 10 assists for Minnesota (10-1). Eric Curry also had a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds, and Sean Sutherlin contributed 12 points off the bench.

Kamari McGee scored 14 points on 7-for-4 shooting to lead Green Bay (2-9). Donovan Ivory finished with 11 points, and Cade Meyer chipped in nine.

After a bumpy first half, Minnesota came out strong in the second half to set the tone for the rest of the game. The Golden Gophers opened the second half on a 12-2 run to turn a one-point deficit into a nine-point advantage.

Battle opened the second half with a slam dunk off an assist from Willis. On the next possession, Willis drained a 3-pointer to make it 33-29.

Curry made a jump shot, Luke Loewe hit a 3-pointer and E.J. Stephens made a layup to round out the decisive run for Minnesota.

The Golden Gophers increased their lead to 15 points with 6:07 remaining. Loewe assisted on a layup by Sutherlin to make it 61-46.

Meyer converted a three-point play about a minute later for Green Bay, but by then the Golden Gophers still enjoyed a double-digit lead.

Green Bay led 29-28 at the half.

The Golden Gophers led 10-6 after Battle made a layup with 14:48 to go in the first half. The basket gave Battle eight of Minnesota’s first 10 points.

Green Bay responded with an 8-0 run to seize a 14-10 lead with 12:22 remaining in the half. McGee made a pair of layups during the run, which also included a layup and a jumper by Emmanuel Ansong.

The Phoenix increased their lead to 24-19 after Meyer made a pair of free throws with 4:29 left before the break.

Minnesota scored nine of the final 14 points in the first half to close the deficit to one.

–Field Level Media

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