Gophers seniors sent out appropriately

A trio of University of Minnesota men’s basketball players had one nice good-bye at Williams Arena on Sunday.

The Gophers’ three seniors – Lawrence Westbrook, Damian Johnson and Devron Bostick – played their final regular-season game at home on Sunday. And they got plenty of time on the court, notably Bostick, in a rout of Iowa.

The Hawkeyes are not a good team, so the win likely won’t do much to bolster any NCAA tournament hopes. But it was a nice sendoff for the three players and a fun event to go to.

It was pretty ugly from the get-go. It seemed the Gophers were hitting everything in the first half, and Johnson and Ralph Sampson III were giving the Hawkeyes fits on the other end of the court.

While Westbrook is a 1,000-point scorer for his career, I would contend that Johnson will be the player the program will miss most next year. He simply does all of the dirty work. He’s among the Big Ten Conference leaders in blocked shots and steals, and he’s a solid rebounder with a decent offensive game in the post.

Sunday’s win was nice, but the seniors will need a big run through this week’s Big Ten tournament to extend their seasons.