Golden Gopher senior forward Trevor Mbakwe [[ em-BOCK-way ]] of St. Paul grabbed a career high 18 rebounds and scored 14 points to pace Minnesota past North Dakota State 70-57 last night at Williams Arena. Mbakwe put up his numbers in only 21 minutes of playing time. Gopher senior Rodney Williams of Minneapolis added 19 points and six rebounds. He brought the crowd to its feet with a first-half “360 dunk.” Minnesota scored the final eight points of the first half to build an 11-point halftime lead and held a 19-point second half at one point. Lawrence Alexander paced the Bison with 19 points. Minnesota is 11-and-1 on the year, while NDSU fell to 8-and-3.