Gophers Top Southern Miss in NIT Quarters, 81-73

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  1st 2nd F
 Southern Miss 40 33 73
 Minnesota 44 37 81
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 Stats at a Glance
MINN USM
 • Points 81 73
 • FGM-Att. 26-52 26-59
 • FG Percentage 50.0 44.1
 • 3FGM-Att. 10-27 9-26
 • 3FG Percentage 37.0 34.6
 • FTM-Att. 19-21 12-20
 • FT Percentage 90.5 60.0
 • Rebounds 27 37
 • Turnovers 10 12
 • Assists 23 20
 • Steals 12 8
 • Blocks 5 1
 Individual Leaders
 • Points  Au. Hollins (32)
 • Rebounds  Walker (9)
 • Assists  Dre Hollins (7)
 • Steals  Two at three
 • Blocks  Walker (3)
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March 25, 2014

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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.

Joey King scored 15 and Maurice Walker added 12 for Minnesota (23-13), which is in the NIT semifinals for the second time in three years and seventh overall.

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.