The Gophers downed Bucknell 70-58 Friday night in their regular season opener at Williams Arena.  Minnesota led by at halftime and outscored Bucknell 37-27 in the 2nd half.  Trevor Mbakwe led the Gophers with 17 points and 10 rebounds, Austin Hollins added 13 points and Ralph Sampson III added 8 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists.

The Gophers will host South Dakota State Monday night at 7pm, pregame on AM 1390-the Fan at 6:30.