March 25, 2014
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Austin Hollins scored a career-high 32 points to lead Minnesota to an 81-73 win Tuesday night over Southern Mississippi and a spot in the NIT semifinals.
Hollins, playing in his school-record 139th game, scored 12 straight points in a span of 1:42 to erase an eight-point first-half deficit. He made all 10 of his foul shots, including six straight in the final 48.1 to hold off the Golden Eagles, who had closed to within 78-73.
The Golden Gophers play Florida State or Louisiana Tech Tuesday at Madison Square Garden in New York.
Southern Mississippi (29-7), who was led by Neil Watson's 16 points, lost in the NIT quarterfinals for the second straight year.
USM tied a school record with 29 victories.
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Minnesota travels to Iowa City for the first of two games against top-5 opponents this week.
Minnesota Falls Short to Michigan, 82-74
Nate Mason led the Gophers with 19 points as Minnesota's late rally fell just short.
Black History Month: Nate Tubbs
In honor of Black History Month, Gopher Athletics is celebrating those who made us great. Today we honor Nate Tubbs.