Minnesota Gophers Jarvis Omersa (21) reacted to a two point shoot by Minnesota Gophers Marcus Carr (5) in the first half. ] RENEE JONES SCHNEIDER renee.jones@startribune.com The Minnesota Gophers hosted the Loyola Marymount University Lions at Williams Arena at the University of Minnesota, Minn., on Saturday, November 28, 2020. The Gophers won 88-73.

MEN’S BASKETBALL

MINNEAPOLIS — — Marcus Carr scored 22 of his 28 points in the first half and Minnesota beat Loyola Marymount 88-73 on Saturday night.

Both Gach added 17 points and Liam Robbins had 10 for the Golden Gophers (2-0). Carr, Gach, and Robbins combined for seven of the Gophers’ eight 3-pointers.

Joe Quintana scored 19 points to lead five players in double-figure scoring for LMU (1-1). Eli Scott added 14 points and Dameane Douglas had 10, and each had a game-high nine rebounds.

Gach scored the first four points of the second half and added an alley-oop for a Jarvis Omersa dunk to cap a 24-12 run that stretched the Gophers’ lead to 65-49 midway through the second half. Omersa received a technical foul for hanging on the rim.

RARE REPEAT

The teams will play again on Monday at Williams Arena. Due to COVID-19 restrictions in Minnesota, the Gophers are only allowed to play one opponent during a three-day span at home. LMU will replace North Dakota State. It will be the first time each team played consecutive opponents during the regular season.

ALMOST A GOPHER

Mattias Markusson, a 7-3 Swedish center, scored six points for LMU. Markusson entered the transfer portal and Minnesota, along with Louisville and San Diego State, were finalists. The senior is the Lions’ all-time leader in field goal percentage at .591.

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