Minnesota erased a 12-point first half deficit and hung on Saturday to defeat Vanderbilt 56-52.
The Gophers (7-1) trailed 25-24 at halftime but used a 15-2 run to open the second half to build their biggest lead of the game at 39-27 in the neutral site matchup. Vanderbilt (4-4) responded with a 23-11 run over the next eight minutes to take a six point advantage before the Gophers pulled away late.
Jordan Murphy recorded his third double-double of the season with 16 points and 14 rebounds to lead Minnesota. He was 8-for-17 from the field and grabbed ten of his boards in the second half.
Vanderbilt's Jeff Roberson also recorded his third double-double of the season with 12 points and 16 rebounds. His three-pointer with 7:09 to play gave the Commodores a 45-44 lead, their first since the one-point edge at halftime.
Minnesota then outscored the Commodores 12-2 to seal it.