MINNEAPOLIS (Ticker) -- Minnesota's schedule made sure that it did not need a dramatic final shot in its latest victory.
Michael Bauer scored 13 of his 19 points in the first half as the 17th-ranked Golden Gophers completed a perfect four-game homestand with a 79-52 rout of Bethune-Cookman.
Minnesota (4-0) got a buzzer-beating 3-pointer from Bauer last Saturday in a 72-69 victory over Georgia. Rick Rickert's turnaround jumper with nine seconds left gave the Golden Gophers a 64-63 win over Georgia Tech on Wednesday.
On Friday, all Minnesota had to do was dribble out the clock against overmatched Bethune-Cookman (1-3). The Wildcats, who hail from the lowly rated Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, are playing their first nine games on the road.
The Golden Gophers did not even miss Rickert, who was sidelined with the flu. Rickert is the team's leading scorer at 18.3 points per game.
Minnesota coach Dan Monson did not apologize for the easy win.
"You play every play," he said. "You don't play every team. You don't play the scoreboard. You play every play."
Bauer scored eight points in an early 14-0 burst as Minnesota took control for a 16-4 lead. Bauer scored 11 of the team's first 19 points.
"These are the type of games that are scary," Bauer said. "You are playing a team with nothing to lose, so if you aren't on your game they could steal it from you. I am glad this team was able to stay focused and not let them back in the game."
A layup by Bauer capped a 9-0 run that gave Minnesota for a 30-10 lead with just under six minutes before halftime. The Gophers settled for a 37-21 lead at the break as they held the Wildcats to just eight baskets.
Maurice Hargrow and Jerry Holman each scored 15 points as Minnesota held a 42-26 advantage in points in the paint. The Gophers scored 29 points off 21 turnovers by Bethune-Cookman.
"Staying focused against the weaker opponents is a trait that all championship teams possess," Bauer said. "We feel like we are a championship-caliber team with high aspirations, so staying focused as we did tonight is a big benefit to this team.
Point guard Kevin Burleson had a strong floor game with eight assists and a career-high seven steals. He hounded Wildcats point guard Maurice Riddick into six turnovers.
Richard Toussaint collected 15 points and six rebounds for Bethune-Cookman, which shot 32 percent (19-of-60). Toussaint was limited to just 5-of-21 shooting by Hargrow.
"From watching film, I saw that you can force him into a lot of bad shots just by staying in front of him," Hargrow said. "He is their leading scorer, so he looks to score a lot. I played disciplined and didn't give him anything easy."
Minnesota improved to 4-0 against Bethune-Cookman.