Gophers Handle Miami 78-60, Advance in NIT
Miami's Kenny Kadji (35) is unable to block Rodney Williams from taking a shot during the first half of the second round of the NIT.

March 19, 2012

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CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Rodney Williams scored 21 points to lead Minnesota to a 78-60 victory over Miami in a second round NIT game Monday night.

The Gophers never trailed after starting the game on a 12-0 run. Williams scored 16 in the first half. Minnesota (21-14) advances to the quarterfinals at Middle Tennessee on Wednesday night. The Blue Raiders defeated Tennessee earlier Monday.

The Gophers expanded a 35-23 lead at halftime with a 15-2 spurt early in the second half. Andre Hollins hit consecutive 3-pointers and Andre Ingram's putback with 12:22 remaining ended the surge and gave Minnesota a 56-33 lead

Hollins and Joe Coleman finished with 14 points each for the Gophers.Rion Brown scored 16 points for Miami (20-13).




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