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Associated Press North Dakota State's Taylor Braun, right, beats Minnesota's Ralph Sampson III to a loose ball during the first half Thursday in Minneapolis.

College Basketball: Gophers rally past North Dakota St.


By Jon Krawczynski

AP Sports Writer

MINNEAPOLIS -- Ralph Sampson III had 15 points, six rebounds and four blocks and Rodney Williams added 14 points and eight boards to lift Minnesota to a 63-59 victory over plucky North Dakota State on Thursday night.

Maverick Ahanmisi added 13 points and three steals for the Golden Gophers (12-1), who hung on despite missing nine free throws and being outrebounded 39-28.

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