Gophers shoot past Louisville 86-76 in NCAA Tournament
DES MOINES, Iowa (FOX 9) – Minnesota got hot three-point shooting and made free throws late to earn an 86-76 win over Louisville on Thursday in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
Freshman Gabe Kalscheur led all scorers with 24 points, including shooting 5-of-11 from three-point range. The Gophers shot 40 percent from the perimeter in the first half to take a 38-33 lead into the break.
Jordan Murphy and Amir Coffey added 18 points each. Murphy was sidelined for at least the last 10 minutes after dealing with back spasms. Minnesota shot 11-of-27 from the perimeter in the win. It’s just the third time this season they’ve made at least 10 three-pointers. They ranked last in the Big Ten in three-point shooting percentage at 32.4.