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Men's College Basketball: Gophers overwhelm Montana

Minnesota’s Elliott Eliason blocks Montana’s Keron DeShields’ shot during the first half Tuesday in Minneapolis. Reuters

MINNEAPOLIS — Andre Hollins scored 24 points as the host Minnesota Golden Gophers stayed unbeaten under new coach Richard Pitino by beating the Montana Grizzlies 84-58 Tuesday at Williams Arena.

Minnesota (2-0) also got 15 points from Deandre Mathieu and a double-double of 11 points and 10 rebounds from Austin Hollins. The Gophers dominated the boards, winning the rebounding battle 45-29.

Montana (0-1) was led by Kareem Jamar’s 18 points and six rebounds. The Grizzlies made just 6-of-22 from 3-point range.

The Gophers jumped out to an early lead thanks to a 16-2 run in the first six minutes of the contest, with Andre Hollins scoring nine points and assisting on another basket. The Grizzlies rallied back within four midway through the half, but Minnesota went on a 17-9 run to end the half for a 14-point advantage.

It was more of the same in the second half, as the Gophers opened with a 14-2 run to increase their lead to 26 on Andre Hollins’ layup with 13:28 to play. Montana was never able to put together a threat and Minnesota coasted to its second win of the season.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Minnesota improved to 29-3 all-time against Big Sky schools with the win. ... Jamar moved up two spots on the all-time Grizzlies scoring list to 16th. ... Minnesota now leads the series 4-1.