Marist 63, Minnesota 56

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) -- James Smith scored 16 points and
Will Whittington added 14 Thursday, leading Marist to a 63-56
victory over Minnesota in the Old Spice Classic at Disney World.

Smith also had 13 rebounds as Marist (3-1) held on after
Minnesota (2-2) trimmed a 13-point deficit to two early in the
second half. Smith's basket started a 13-5 spurt that turned a
35-33 edge into a 48-38 advantage.

Minnesota made one more run, but couldn't get closer than three
the rest of the way. Smith made a layup and two free throws to put
Marist up 52-45 with seven minutes left, then Ryan Stilphen made a
pair of key baskets to keep Minnesota from getting close down the

Lawrence McKenzie led Minnesota with 17 points, but was only
3-of-12 on 3-point attempts. The Golden Gophers missed 22 of 31
shots from beyond the arc and shot 34 percent overall while being
outrebounded 42-39.

Dan Coleman had 15 points and Limar Wilson 10 for Minnesota,
which has lost two straight after opening the season with victories
over North Dakota State and Long Island.

Jared Jordan and Ben Farmer scored 11 apiece for Marist, which
has won three straight since opening with a 17-point loss at Ohio.