The Minnesota Golden Gophers fall to a .500 record with a loss to the Milwaukee Panthers.
A dunk fest from freshman Jordan Murphy couldn’t power the Minnesota Golden Gophers to victory on Wednesday night at Williams Arena as the Milwaukee Panthers reigned victorious with a 74-65 victory. The game was the nightcap of a doubleheader of basketball action from The Barn on Wednesday with the Gophers’ women’s team defeating North Dakota in the early game.
Murphy notched a double-double while going 7-13 from the field. The freshman finished the game with 16 points, 10 rebounds and a pair of blocks and steals.
Carlos Morris led the team in points with 24 points in 35 minutes of play for Richard Pitino. Joey King was the only other Golden Gopher to get into double digits with 10 points.
Pitino only played three players off of his bench and he only got points from one of three. Dupree McBrayer was the only member of the bench to break into the scoring column with a six point night in 19 minutes of play.
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Milwaukee faced the same bench problem throughout the game. The Panthers played four off the bench, but only one player scored. JayQuan McCloud had eight points off the bench, but the starting lineup did a solid job of spreading the love.
All five members of the Panthers’ starting five scored in double-digits led by a 19 point game from guard Jordan Johnson. Johnson was just one rebound away from a triple-double on Wednesday with 10 assists and nine rebounds. Akeem Springs was right behind with 15 points for Milwaukee.
The Gophers next play on Wednesday in the Big Ten opener. For the opener, the Gophers travel to Columbus to take on Ohio State.