|Minnesota||Murphy: 23||Murphy: 14||Murphy/McBrayer:2|
|Providence||Cartwright: 12||Bullock: 6||Cartwright: 9|
- Providence and Minnesota met for the third time ever as part of the third annual Gavitt Tipoff Games. The Friars and Golden Gophers played the first of eight games scheduled between Big East and Big Ten opponents as part of the new early season tradition.
- This game didn’t feel like it was game 2 of the season. The crowd was loud at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center and the atmosphere felt more like March than November. Providence got into a 12-2 hole early in the game but rushed back to ultimately take a 3-point lead into halftime. The second half opened with the Kalif Young show when the sophomore big man scored Providence’s first 9 points of the second 20 minutes. The game began to turn towards Minnesota with about 8 minutes to go in the game when Amir Coffey hit a 3-pointer to put the Golden Gophers up by 9. The Friars would only get within X the rest of the way.
- Providence was led by Kyron Cartwright who finished with 12 points and 9 assists.
- Young finished with 11 points on the night.
- Isaiah Jackson started off well but didn’t score much in the second half. He finished with 10 points on 2/2 from the field and 4/4 from the free throw line. He also pulled down 5 rebounds in 20 minutes.
- Rodney Bullock scored 10 points and had 6 rebounds, but he never seemed to find a rhythm. Bullock shot 4/9 from the field in 27 minutes.
- Jalen Lindsey saw his first action of the season off the bench and played pretty well despite shooting only 2/6 from the field.
- Minnesota was led by Jordan Murphy who finished with 23 points and 14 rebounds for his 23rd career double-double. Murphy couldn’t be stopped most of the night.
- Also in double figures for Minnesota were Nate Mason with 17 points, Amir Coffey with 14 and Reggie Lynch with 12.
- The Friars travel to Madison Square Garden on Thursday for two games that are part of the 2017 2K Classic. Their opponent on Thursday will be Washington. The Friars will then face either Saint Louis or Virginia Tech on Friday. Both games will be on ESPN2.
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