Gophers defeat Black Knights 70-52

Carlie Wagner led Minnesota with 20 points.

Carlie Wagner manages to shoot in between two Maine defenders at Williams Arena on Nov. 20, 2015.

Sam Harper, Daily File Photo

Carlie Wagner manages to shoot in between two Maine defenders at Williams Arena on Nov. 20, 2015.

Dominic Davis

Twenty points from Carlie Wagner and 18 points from Gadiva Hubbard led Minnesota past Army West Point 70-52 on Thursday.

Defense was key for the Gophers. The Black Knights scored only 15 points in the first half.

Gadiva Hubbard almost outscored the opposition in the opening half with 12 points.

The Black Knights shot 11.4 percent from the field in the opening half and made only one of their 11 3-point attempts.

Attacking the basket earned the Gophers 13 attempts at the line in the first half.

Minnesota scored 40 points in the paint. The Black Knights couldn’t keep up with the Gophers’ fast pace.

Army West Point (7-2) brought down Minnesota’s lead down to 12 before Minnesota extended it to 16 before the final quarter.

The Gophers never let their lead get below 16 points in the fourth quarter as they improved to 7-3 this season.