Gopher men's basketball, under first-year head coach Richard Pitino, put the wraps on one of the most successful seasons in school history. Setting a new school record with 25 victories, including wins over top-25 opponents Ohio State, Wisconsin and Iowa at Williams Arena, the Gophers captured the 2014 NIT title at Madison Square Garden. GopherSports.com will take a look back each day with the top 10 moments from the 2013-14 season.
#10: Malik Smith Scores 29 at Nebraska
Senior Malik Smith joined the Gophers for just one season, but in that time he made his mark upon the record books. On Jan. 26 at Nebraska, Smith stepped up to spark the Gopher offense with eight made 3-pointers, part of a career-high tying 29 points in his first start in Maroon and Gold.
His eight treys tied the school single-game record set by Blake Hoffarber in 2009, and was also the most made 3-pointers by any player in the Big Ten this season in a game. Smith was 9-15 from the field and 8-12 from beyond the arc, helping the Gophers stay in the game despite the absence of leading scorer Andre Hollins. Nebraska would eventually edge the Gophers, 82-78, in the lone meeting between the squads this season.
Minnesota Holds off Nebraska-Omaha ,93-90
Joey King scored 18 points and Bakary Konate added 14 with 10 rebounds and Minnesota held off Nebraska-Omaha 93-90 on Friday.
Preview: Gophers vs. Omaha
The University of Minnesota men’s basketball team returns to the Barn to begin a four-game homestand Friday against Omaha.
Minnesota Falls Short to Texas Tech, 81-68
Carlos Morris and Joey King each scored 15 points to lead the Gophers (3-2).