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Minnesota forward Trevor Mbakwe, left, pulls down a rebound over Akron center Mike Bardo during the first half Wednesday in Minneapolis. (Associated Press)

Gophers stave off upset bid by Akron

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Blake Hoffarber scored 13 points to go over 1,000 for his career, Trevor Mbakwe added 13 points and 13 rebounds and No. 21 Minnesota beat Akron 66-58 Wednesday night.

Steve McNees scored 12 for Akron, which led 32-27 at halftime and gave the bigger and stronger Gophers all they could handle for the first 30 minutes.

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