Gophers use hot shooting, defense to build halftime lead

Jace Frederick

The Gophers looked mighty comfortable early at the Garden.

Minnesota hit its first six shots en route to a 17-6 lead over Florida State less than six minutes into the game in the NIT semifinals at Madison Square Garden.

The Gophers went cold the rest of the half, hitting on 4 of their last 20 shot attempts, but still hold a 30-20 lead at the break.

The lead has stood because Minnesota is handcuffing the Seminoles on the offensive end. Florida State has committed 11 turnovers and is shooting just 37 percent from the field.