Mar 2, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Golden Gophers guard Austin Hollins (20) dribbles around Penn State Nittany Lions forward Ross Travis (43) in the second half at Williams Arena. The Gophers won 73-44. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Half-time: Gophers slowed by Nebraska’s tempo, trail 23-21


Former Nebraska high school prospect Elliott Eliason leads with seven points and three rebounds in the first half as the Minnesota Gophers trail Nebraska, 23-21.

Eliason, the former two-time Mr. Basketball in Nebraska, came off the bench for the Gophers and was active on both ends of the court.

Tubby Smith went with the same starting lineup as Senior Day last Saturday against Penn State.  It boosted the confidence level in Andre Ingram as he took a season-high four shots in the opening half.

The Minnesota coaching staff insisted on going into the post against the Cornhuskers in the opening half.  The Gophers scored its first 17 points in the paint.

Ingram has six points at half-time along with fellow senior Trevor Mbakwe.

Minnesota missed all five three-point attempts in the first half while the Huskers made just 2-of-10.

Point guard Dylan Talley dictated the pace of the first 20 minutes for Nebraska as the Huskers slowed the tempo down considerably.  The coaching move by head coach Tim Miles was a smart one after allowing 24 points in the first 10 minutes to the Gophers in January.

Freshman Shavon Shields leads Nebraska with seven points in the first half.

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