Gophers Cruise Past Florida Atlantic; Lose Mason to Lower Leg Injury

December 23, 2017 07:50 PM

Senior guard Nate Mason scored 17 points but missed most of the second half with a potentially severe ankle injury as Minnesota defeated Florida Atlantic 95-60 on Saturday.
    
Mason, the Gophers' second-leading scorer and a first-team all-Big Ten pick last year, went to the floor early in the second half after getting tangled up in traffic. After a visit from the trainer, he was helped off the court but didn't put any weight on his left ankle.*

(*Update: The Gophers announced that Mason is day-to-day with ankle injury)
    
Jordan Murphy scored 14 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for Minnesota (11-3), extending the nation's longest double-double streak to 14 games. Amir Coffey and Reggie Lynch each had 11 points for the Gophers.

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Gerdarius Troutman led the Owls (6-6) with 18 points, while Ronald Delph scored 17 and Jailyn Ingram had 12 points, five rebounds and four assists.
    
Mason connected on his first three 3-pointers before the game was five minutes old. The third was part of an 18-0 run that staked the Gophers to a 28-7 lead.
    
During that stretch, Murphy displayed his diverse skills that have helped him emerge on the national scene this year. On the defensive end of the floor he wrestled a rebound away from the Owls' big men, and on the ensuing trip down the court, Murphy took a pass at the top of the key and drained a 3-pointer.
    
The Gophers shot 55 percent from the floor, hitting 11 of 25 3-pointers.
    
BIG PICTURE
    
Florida Atlantic: The Owls have played two teams from major conferences and have been blown out in both. Coming off a 90-54 loss at Texas Tech on Tuesday, the Owls were hoping for a better showing at Minnesota, but their defense wasn't up to the test.
    
Minnesota: Losing Mason for an extended stretch would be devastating to the Gophers' Big Ten hopes. The floor general is off to his best start as a Gopher, averaging 15.4 points per game and nearly four assists per turnover. Freshman Isaiah Washington would likely take over the point guard role in Mason's absence.
    
UP NEXT
    
Florida Atlantic: At Florida International on Dec. 30.
    
Minnesota: Hosts Harvard on Dec. 30.

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