The Lafayette Leopards scored 22 points in the first half against the No. 16 Minnesota Golden Gophers in the final non-conference tune-up before facing Michigan State New York Eve.
Despite a sluggish start, once the Gophers had loosened the Lafayette zone, Minnesota big-men Trevor Mbakwe and Mo Walker could not be boxed-out in the post. They each recorded two offensive rebounds early.
Mbakwe started his first game of the season, notching 5 points in the first half.
The Gophers have not played a game in 11-days and the rust showed. But mid-way through the first half, the Gophers seemingly broke out and went on a run to stretch the lead to double digits.
The Minnesota defense was superb against a Lafayette team that looked vastly out of place. The Gophers forced 11 turnovers and slowed a three-point shooting team to only one made three-pointer in 11 attempts.