Observations from Monday's 78-60 Win at Miami (NIT - Second Round)

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Scoring Early and Often
Even after an 11-0 Miami run nearly erased the Gophers' 12-0 start, the Gophers still led by a dozen points at halftime, 35-23.  The last time Minnesota led by double digits at the half was against Northwestern on Jan. 22 when they carried a 41-24 advantage into the locker room. Despite the small drought after jumping out to a 12-0 lead, the Gophers still ended up with 78 points for the game. They have surpassed the 70-point mark in four of their last five games.

On the individual level, ever since his three-point performance in the Gophers' loss to Indiana, Rodney Williams has been on a tear. He has scored in double figures each of the six games since then. Last game, 17 of his career-high 21 points came in the first half. Tonight, he scored 16 first-half points on 7-of-8 shooting. Williams ended up tying that career high with 21 points again, extending his streak of 20-point performances to three. Dan Coleman in 2007 was the last Gopher to put together such a streak.
Go Gophers! Ingram
Go Gophers!
Ingram's two dunks contributed to his career-high point total.
Go Gophers!

Career Night for Ingram    
Entering tonight's game, junior transfer Andre Ingram had averaged just 6.8 minutes per game. He played just two minutes in the Gophers' NIT opener against La Salle. But tonight, with Ralph Sampson III out and Oto Osenieks suffering a head injury during the game, Ingram played 24 minutes. He took advantage of the extra court time, playing with great energy on both ends of the court. Ingram pulled down six rebounds and scored eight points--both career highs--on 3-of-3 shooting, including two dunks, to lead the Gopher bench.

Only Eight Remain
With tonight's win, the Gophers advanced to the NIT quarterfinals for the first time since 2003. The Gophers went on to lose the third place game that year. They lost in the second round in 2006, and the first in 2008. Minnesota will travel to Murfreesboro, Tenn., to face Middle Tennessee on Wednesday.

One Streak Ends, Another Continues
Sophomore Austin Hollins' double-digit scoring streak came to an end at four games. Meanwhile, freshman Andre Hollins extended his to six with 14 points today. The younger Hollins is averaging 17.2 points during his streak.

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