Observations from Thursday's 75-51 Loss to Stanford (NIT Championship)

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Hollins at the Line
Andre Hollins entered tonight's game with a streak of 17 consecutive made free throws, not having missed since going 2-for-3 in the NIT opener against La Salle. Following that night, he made two, eight, and seven in the next three games. He made the first of two on his first trip to the line tonight, extending the streak to 18, and then missed the second. He shot 21-24 from the line during the tournament, and finished 2011-12 with the school's best ever single-season free throw percentage, .904 (85-94). Hollins fell seven makes short of qualifying for the NCAA's leaders list.
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Hollins set a Minnesota single-season record by shooting 90.4 percent.
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Stingy Stanford
After a pretty good start to the game, Minnesota went on a long drought. Julian Welch scored two points around the nine-minute mark in the first half, and that was the last field goal the Gophers made before heading to the locker room. Minnesota continued to struggle in the second half while Stanford shot 57.1 percent. The Cardinal finished with a 52.7 shooting percentage, and also became the first team since Wisconsin on February 28 to hold the Gophers (.373) below 40 percent from the field.

Lenard's Record Stands

Voshon Lenard's 99-point performance in 1993 remains the best single-tournament NIT scoring effort in school history. Rodney Williams was on pace to surpass Lenard, averaging 21.0 points per game in the NIT entering tonight's game. He started off hot tonight, scoring 10 points in the first 10 and a half minutes. But Williams struggled along with the rest of the Gophers down the stretch, and he only picked up two points in the second half before fouling out. He finished the tournament three points shy of Lenard's record.

Wrapping Up the NIT
This marks the second time Minnesota has finished as runner-up in the NIT. The Gophers fell to Virginia, 58-55, in the 1980 title game. Minnesota's all-time NIT record now stands at 22-12 (or 28-13 when vacated games are included).

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