TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Joe Coleman scored 16 points, Rodney Williams added 14 and No. 21 Minnesota beat defending Atlantic Coast Conference champion Florida State 77-68 on Tuesday night in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
A 6-foot-4 sophomore guard, Coleman made 8 of 13 field goals and had 12 points in the second half while helping the Gophers build a 58-37 lead midway through.
Austin Hollins added 13 points and Andre Hollins had 12 for the Gophers, who never trailed. Elliott Eliason had 10 rebounds.
Minnesota (7-1) led 38-25 at halftime and by as many as 21 points in the second half. The Gophers' lone loss was to No. 2 Duke in the Battle 4 Atlantis.
Reserve Terrance Shannon led Florida State (4-2) with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Michael Snaer finished with 12 points for Florida State despite making only 3 of 9 from the field. Terry Whisnant and Okaro White both had 10 points for the Seminoles.
The Gophers were playing their fourth game in six days, but showed no signs of being the least bit weary.
Minnesota jumped to a 7-0 lead and built its biggest lead in the half at 35-20 on Austin Hollins' 3-pointer with 2:56 left in the half. Andre Hollins' 3 made it 30-19 with 6:22 remaining and the Gophers held a double-digit lead for most of the game.
Minnesota shot 47.3 percent in the first half while Florida State finished with a chilly 37.9 percent.
Florida State, which won its first ACC title last season, has lost five straight games in the annual ACC/Big Ten challenge dating to a 75-61 victory over the Gophers in Tubby Smith's first season at Minnesota in 2007.
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