Scoring output from guards helps Gophers to 86-49 rout

Minnesota out-rebounded Georgia Southern 53-37.

Junior guard Nate Mason runs the ball up the court on Friday at Williams Arena. The Gophers would go on to win 86-74 against the Ragin' Cajuns.

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Junior guard Nate Mason runs the ball up the court on Friday at Williams Arena. The Gophers would go on to win 86-74 against the Ragin’ Cajuns.

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The Gophers’ backcourt rose to the occasion in the team’s win over Georgia Southern Friday.

Guards Dupree McBrayer, Nate Mason and Akeem Springs combined for 48 points to help Minnesota (9-1) rout Georgia Southern (4-5) 86-49 on Dec. 9 in Williams Arena.

“Unselfishness,” said head coach Richard Pitino. “Just sharing the ball, giving a good shot to get a great shot. I thought that were getting some good, quality looks.”

Minnesota had 23 assists in the game compared to 13 from Georgia Southern. Mason led the team in assists with nine.

The team is coming off a performance where it won by six points to New Jersey Institute of Technology. Mason said the team showed a lot of maturity about responding from the game against NJIT.

“It was definitely a good response, we just got to respond even better on Sunday,” Mason said.