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Golden Valley grad Maverick Ahanmisi leads Minnesota to win

Posted: March 18, 2014 10:36 p.m.
Updated: March 18, 2014 10:36 p.m.

Golden Valley High graduate and Minnesota guard Maverick Ahanmisi, right, goes to the basket against High Point defenders during the second half of a game in the first round of the National Invitational Tournament in Minneapolis on Tuesday.

 

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Golden Valley graduate and Minnesota senior guard Maverick Ahanmisi scored a career-high 21 points, and Minnesota moved on in the National Invitation Tournament with an 88-81 victory over High Point on Tuesday.

Ahanmisi played 21 minutes off the bench and made 6-of-11 shots in the game. He’s played the role of a reserve guard for most of his four-year career at Minnesota.

The Gophers were disappointed to be excluded from the NCAA tournament, with a strength-of-schedule ranking in the top 10 nationally, but they realized where they were headed after losing by 26 points to Wisconsin in the Big Ten quarterfinals last week. They didn’t even get together to watch the selection show.

In 2012, the Gophers won three road games, went to Madison Square Garden and reached the NIT championship before losing to Stanford. They have the talent for a return trip to New York if they’re engaged enough in this consolation event that many major-conference teams fail to bring full effort to.

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