Forward Jordan Murphy recorded his fourth double-double in the last five games Wednesday as Minnesota pulled away from Chicago State for a 70-52 victory.
Murphy scored nine points in the first half to help Minnesota build a 32-24 advantage. He finished with 12 points and 18 rebounds.
Chicago State was within two points entering the final two minutes of the first half, but a pair of 3-pointers by forward Charles Buggs bumped Minnesota’s lead to eight at the break.
The Cougars cut their deficit to 38-35 with 13:23 remaining. A few minutes later, an 8-0 run by the Golden Gophers, which became a 20-3 streak, broke the game open.
Sophomore guard Clemmye Owens V led Chicago State with 12 points. Owens, a Bethune-Cookman transfer, was playing his first game with the Cougars after becoming eligible at the semester break. He was the only Chicago State player to reach double figures.
Chicago State shot 33 percent from the field and shot 26 fewer free throws than Minnesota.