Minnesota led for most of the first eleven minutes. Then the Gophers started missing shots and their 21-17 lead disappeared when Aaron Bright made a three-pointer with 5:28 left to play. Stanford closed the final seven minutes of the half on a 14-4 run. Minnesota was held without a field goal in the final 9:01 of the half and got their four points in that span at the free throw line.
Turnovers were a problem for both teams as Minnesota and Stanford combined for 19 turnovers. The teams combined for just 22 field goals in the first half.
Minnesota was led by Rodney Williams in the first half with 12 points. The Cardinal were paced by 8 points from Aaron Bright in the first half.