Kevin Vannatta and Ahmad Thomas scored 23 points apiece and UNC Asheville made 15 3-pointers in an 84-68 victory over Liberty on Sunday for its 13th straight win in the series.
Super Bowl hotel prices are going to be extreme no matter who’s hosting the game, but the problem is exacerbated by a Twin Cities area that isn’t exactly swimming in hotel rooms. According to a September 2016 story in the Star Tribune, the area was expected to have just north of 40,000 hotel rooms once six new hotels were completed in Minneapolis and St. Paul. Compare that with Houston, which hosted last year’s Super Bowl and has around 85,000 hotel rooms, according to a 2016 USA Today story. The average price of a room there on Super Bowl weekend ran $272, MPR News reported last week. It’ll likely be higher in the Twin Cities this year.
The area’s comparatively tiny hotel market gets even smaller when you consider that the NFL began reserving 19,000 hotel rooms not long after the league awarded the Super Bowl to Minneapolis in 2014, many of them in the downtown hotels closest to the stadium. According to KSTP-TV, there are fewer than 10,000 rooms in the downtown area itself. Do the math.
Guard Sedrick Barefield came off the bench for the first time during Pac-12 play and found the shooting touch that had disappeared as he was a combined 1 for 16 in the previous three games. The junior finished with 14 points.
Forward Gabe Bealer was aggressive and surpassed his point totals from Utah’s previous six games. His 15 points were the most since scoring a season-high 20 in the second game of the year.
The reliable Justin Bibbins added 13 points and season-high 12 assists.
We never had a defined scorer on this team and a go-to guy, Bibbins said. I got hot a couple games, but when everyone is going and everyone is flowing and in a groove, that’s when we’re at our best. We’re happy we’re getting back to that basketball.
Washington State trailed by 42-32 at halftime, but cut the lead to six points after a 7-0 run early in the second half. The Utes however answered with a 14-5 run that essentially put the game away.