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For a collegian, there's nothing quite as educational as a taste of the real world, even if it's as simple as trudging off to work five days a week.

Given that fact, it's safe to consider the Minnesota Gophers a little better prepared for life after graduation.Playing their fifth game in seven days, the 15th-ranked Gophers seemed to have an end-of-the-week adrenalin rush as they trounced Central Connecticut State 92-56 Thursday night.

Minnesota (5-0) wrapped up a week that included victories over Arizona, Villanova and Brigham Young in the Great Alaska Shootout and a home victory Tuesday over Sacramento State.

The fatigue didn't show in the opening minutes against the Blue Devils (0-2). Minnesota used its superior speed, size and strength to grab leads of 13-0 and 24-2, then let the benchwarmers take over.

No starter played more than 21 minutes as coach Clem Haskins got all but one player double-digit minutes of playing time.

"We were totally intimidated, we were shaking in our boots," Central Connecticut coach Mark Adams said. "We got drilled. It's no accident that Minnesota is playing at this level."

Voshon Lenard, a second-round draft choice of the Milwaukee Bucks who elected to return to school for his senior season, played just 18 minutes, but led the Gophers with 19 points. The Gophers outshot the Blue Devils 51 percent to 36 percent, going 8-for-16 from 3-point range and holding a 52-32 rebounding edge.

No. 12 Arizona State 74,

Northern Arizona 50

At Tempe, Ariz., the Sun Devils (4-0) forced 28 turnovers and had a 24-3 run in the second half to pull away.

"I thought the difference was when we finally got the press to be effective. That wore them down," Arizona State coach Bill Frieder said.

Ron Riley and Mario Bennett had 14 points each for the Sun Devils (4-0), who made 31 of 59 shots (52 percent), their fourth straight game over 50 percent this season. John Greer had 11 points and was the only member of the Lumberjacks (1-2) to reach double figures.

No. 20 Georgia Tech 89,

Western Carolina 63

At Atlanta, Drew Barry disregarded the relative closeness of the college 3-point line and strayed out near the NBA line to make six of eight 3-pointers.

Barry, a junior, scored a career-high 27 points and added seven assists and seven rebounds for No. 20 Tech (3-0). Frankie King led the Catamounts (1-2) with 21 points.

No. 25 New Mexico State 89,

Texas-El Paso 83

At Las Cruces, N.M., Rodney Walker, Thomas Wyatt and Johnny Selvie each scored 16 points for the Aggies (5-1), who had 18 offensive rebounds and shot a season-high 51 percent.