Popovic scores 18 in 2nd half, Boston College tops Minnesota

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BOSTON (AP) – Nik Popovic scored all 18 of his points in the second half and Wynston Tabbs added 17 points on Monday night to lead Boston College to a 68-56 victory over Minnesota and send the Golden Gophers to their first loss of the season.

Ky Bowman had 12 points and 11 rebounds, and Steffon Mitchell added 13 rebounds as the Eagles (5-1) held Minnesota without a basket for 8:05 early in the second quarter to open a double-digit lead. BC snapped a three-game losing streak in the Big Ten-ACC Challenge and improved to 7-4 in the conference matchup overall.

Jordan Murphy scored 16 with 11 rebounds for the Gophers (5-1), who fell to 9-11 in the Big Ten-ACC Challenge. It was the first-ever game between the schools, and it marked the return of Minnesota coach Richard Pitino to the city where his father failed so spectacularly as coach of the Celtics.

Bowman, a first-team preseason All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection, shot just 3 for 13 from the field and missed all three shots he took in the second half. But Popovic made up for it, making all nine field goals that he took in the game.

After taking a one-point lead into the half, BC fell behind 35-33 before scoring six straight points and 18 of the next 23.

BIG PICTURE

Minnesota: After trekking cross-country following a three-game tournament in Vancouver, British Columbia, the Gophers return home for a chance to regroup against Oklahoma State.

Boston College: Bounced back after a loss to IUPUI with three straight wins.

UP NEXT

Minnesota: Plays Oklahoma State at U.S. Bank Stadium on Friday night.

Boston College: Hosts Sacred Heart on Thursday night.

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AP-WF-11-27-18 0425GMT

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