Guards Austin Hollins and Joe Coleman and forward Rodney Williams combined for 50 points as the Gophers jumped out to an early 12-0 lead against the Rockets and coasted to a 48-22 lead before halftime.
The Gophers played like a different team in the second half, however, the Star Tribune reported. The team look lethargic, according to the Star Tribune, and committed 19 turnovers, 11 more than in the win over American Friday.
The victory comes on the eve of Gophers assistant coach Saul Smith's reinstatement. Smith pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated on Oct. 20 and has been on unpaid administrative leave since Oct. 21, according to the Minnesota Daily.
The Gophers play two more home games this week before playing No. 9 Duke on Nov. 22, according to the Pioneer Press.