Oturu’s 19 points sends Gophers to 72-56 win over Red Wolves
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Freshman Daniel Oturu posted season highs with 19 points and 12 rebounds, and Dupree McBrayer chipped in 14 points for Minnesota in a 72-56 win against Arkansas State on Saturday.
Oturu had his first double-double and added three blocks for the Gophers (8-2). Amir Coffey finished with 12 points as Minnesota cruised to the win after starting the game with a 21-2 run.
Ty Cockfield scored 20 points for Arkansas State (3-6), which has lost five of its past seven games. Tristin Walley added 14 points for the Red Wolves.
Oturu, the 6-foot-10 center, had struggled at times early in his first season while adapting to size and physicality inside as Minnesota’s scheduled featured seven games against major conference programs.
He took advantage of his size against an Arkansas State team, which has 6-9 J.J. Matthews as the tallest starter. Oturu had his first double-digit rebounding effort and was one off his high of four blocks.
Minnesota would lead by as many as 21, while outrebounding the Red Wolves 44-37 and holding Arkansas State to 31 percent shooting.