The Gopher men's basketball team defeated Minnesota State-Mankato 81-56 Thursday night in an exhibition game.  Joe Coleman was the lone Gopher in double figures with 21 points while Austin Hollins added 9 points and both Maurice Walker and Rodney Williams added 8 points.  Trevor Mbakwe added 4 points in 11 minutes for Minnesota.

Both Mbakwe and Walker are returned after sustaining torn ACLs in their knees.  The Gophers will play another exhibition game against Southwest Baptist at 7pm Monday night.  The Gophers play their regular season opener against American Friday night (November 9) at 7pm, pregame on AM 1390-the Fan at 6:30.