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.
#9: Austin Hollins Hits Game-Clinching Three at Northwestern
On February 1, the Gophers were looking for their second Big Ten road win, and coming off a tough loss at Wisconsin, needed a boost from every member of the team. Junior DeAndre Mathieu led the team with 18 points on 70 percent shooting, but the game's decisive play came with just over three minutes left.
Junior Maurice Walker grabbed the rebound off a missed Wildcats layup and got the ball ahead to Mathieu, who passed to Andre Hollins on the left side. Going up for a shot, Hollins instead faked and passed across the court to senior Austin Hollins, who sank a wide-open 3-pointer which stretched the Gopher lead to five points. The game remained a two-possession contest for the duration and Minnesota left Evanston with a 54-48 victory.
Minnesota Downs NJIT, 74-68
Akeem Springs came off the bench to score 19 points and Nate Mason added 18 for Minnesota, which came from behind in the second half and escaped with a 74-68 victory against NJIT.
Preview: Gophers vs. NJIT
The men's basketball team returns to the Barn Tuesday to begin a six-game December homestand.
Minnesota holds off Vanderbilt in 56-52 win
Minnesota erased a 12-point first half deficit and hung on Saturday to defeat Vanderbilt 56-52.