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Minnesota Cruises Past NIU
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Blake Hoffarber set a school record with eight 3-pointers and scored 26 points to lift Minnesota to a 89-48 victory over Northern Illinois Tuesday night.

Hoffarber hit four in a row from long range to help the Gophers (8-3) take control in the first half. He added two more after leaving briefly with an injured left ankle early in the second half. He was 9-for-11 overall and added six rebounds and four assists.

Xavier Silas scored nine points for Northern Illinois (1-6), which has lost four in a row. Silas made four of his 15 shots in his return from a five-game absence because of a broken right hand.

The Huskies turned the ball over 21 times and shot just 32 percent from the field in their first game since Dec. 2. They were only 2-for-20 in 3-pointers while the Gophers were 11-for-20 from behind the arc.

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