Observations from Tuesday's 68-67 Win Against Washington (NIT - Semifinals)

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In the very arena where Knicks guard Jeremy Lin started a hot streak that led to "Linsanity," Austin and Andre Hollins continued their trend of good play that has gained the nickname "Hollinsanity." Andre carried the Gophers late in the game, including a drive for a key basket that put the Gophers up three with half a minute left in overtime.

Andre's double-digit scoring streak extended to eight games, including four 20-point games, and his NIT average is 17.8 ppg. The true freshman starting point guard also dished out five assists and did not commit a turnover until about the 12-minute mark of the second half. Austin has reached double figures in six of the last seven games, and is averaging 11.5 ppg in the NIT.
Go Gophers! Williams dunk
Go Gophers!
Williams contributed half of the Gophers' eight jams.
Go Gophers!

In building a 38-26 halftime lead, the Golden Gophers took advantage of one of the most high-percentage shots in basketball: the dunk. Rodney Williams got the dunk-o-meter rolling when Andre Ingram made a perfect pass to him for an alley-oop. Williams' first three field goals were of the slam variety. Ingram added two of his own, and Austin Hollins cleaned up a missed lay-up with a dunk, bringing the first-half team tally to six. Williams ended up with half of the team's eight total dunks.

Streak Over, Record Still in Reach

Though Williams' run of 20-point games fell two points short of continuing, he still has a shot at a Gopher NIT record. Through four games, his NIT point total sits at 84. With one game left on Thursday, he has a good chance to eclipse Voshon Lenard's single-tournament mark of 99 points, set in 1993.

Holding the Huskies

In its first three NIT games, Washington averaged 82.7 points per contest. The Huskies' lowest point total was 76 in those games. Even with overtime, the Gophers still held Washington to 67 points tonight. Minnesota never trailed.

Just Five More Minutes

The Gophers have played 35 extra minutes of hoops this season. They are 3-3 in overtime or double-overtime games, with half of those coming in postseason play (including the Big Ten Tournament). Six is the largest number of overtime contests on record for any season in the Gopher media guide, surpassing the five Minnesota played in 1980-81.

If I Can Make It There...
The Gophers made it to New York, N.Y., by winning three road games. Tonight they made it to the NIT championship game by holding on against a No. 1 seed in one of basketball's most beloved venues. On Thursday, they will face third-seeded Stanford to decide who makes it back home with the championship trophy. The Gophers won titles in 1993 and 1998, the latter of which was later vacated.

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