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College Basketball: Gophers drub Southern Cal
Willmar Minnesota 2208 Trott Ave. SW / P.O. Box 839 56201

By Dave Campbell

AP Sports Writer

MINNEAPOLIS -- Rodney Williams had 12 points -- including two dunks -- plus nine rebounds and four steals to give Minnesota some energy for a 55-40 victory over struggling Southern California on Saturday.

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Julian Welch scored 16 points with six assists, and Williams scored in double digits for the second straight game after moving from the perimeter into standout Trevor Mbakwe's power forward spot. Austin Hollins added 11 points on three 3-pointers, and the Gophers (8-1) used a 12-1 run to close the first half and cruise through the final 20 minutes.

Maurice Jones had 14 points, three assists and two steals for the Trojans (4-5), who have missed the 60-point mark in five of their nine games.

Sophomore center Dewayne Dedmon, who suffered a stress injury to his right foot, returned ahead of schedule but was a nonfactor against Gophers freshman Elliott Eliason.

Eliason, who started for the second straight game for injured senior Ralph Sampson III, had four points and nine rebounds before fouling out. Minnesota had a 34-24 advantage on the boards over USC.

The Gophers were 9 for 9 at the free-throw line, all in the first half, and the Trojans made just 5 of their 11 foul shots.

Gophers 55, USC 40

USC 16 24 -- 40

Minnesota 28 27 -- 55

SOUTHERN CAL -- Wesley 3-8 1-2 7, Dedmon 1-5 0-1 2, Fuller 2-9 1-2 5, Allen 1-4 0-0 2, Jones 5-12 2-4 14, Blasczyk 1-1 0-0 2, Moore 1-7 0-0 3, Jackson 2-3 1-2 5. Totals 16-49 5-11 40.

MINNESOTA -- Au. Hollins 3-9 2-2 11, Williams 5-7 2-2 12, Eliason 2-4 0-0 4, Welch 6-8 2-2 16, An. Hollins 1-4 1-1 4, Armelin 1-4 0-0 2, Ahanmisi 2-3 0-0 4, Osenieks 0-1 0-0 0, Coleman 0-0 2-2 2, Ingram 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 20-41 9-9 55.

3-Point Goals--Southern Cal 3-11 (Jones 2-5, Moore 1-4, Allen 0-2), Minnesota 6-13 (Au. Hollins 3-4, Welch 2-3, An. Hollins 1-2, Williams 0-1, Ahanmisi 0-1, Armelin 0-1, Osenieks 0-1). Fouled out--Eliason. Rebounds--Southern Cal 24 (Fuller 5), Minnesota 34 (Eliason, Williams 9). Assists--Southern Cal 8 (Jones, Wesley 3), Minnesota 16 (Welch 6). Total fouls--Southern Cal 14, Minnesota 16.

Attendance--11,762.

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