The Gopher men's basketball team downed American University of Washington D.C. 72-36 Friday night at Williams Arena.  Minnesota led 44-14 at halftime and cruised in the 2nd half.  The Gophers were led by Austin Hollins with 20 points and Rodney Williams added 16.

Trevor Mbakwe scored just 4 points in 14 minutes and Maurice Walker had 4 points in 9 minutes.  Minnesota improves to 1-0 and will host Toledo Monday night at 7pm.