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 Falls to Northwestern 82-58
Jordan Murphy scored 14 points and Nate Mason finished with eight for Minnesota.
Minnesota Falls to No. 19 Indiana, 74-68
The Golden Gophers took a 67-66 lead with 3:54 to go, but Indiana finished the game on an 8-1 run to seal the win.
Minnesota Falls Short to No. 21 Purdue, 68-64
Vince Edwards scored 24 points and grabbed eight rebounds to help No. 21 Purdue hang on without freshman standout Caleb Swanigan and beat Minnesota 68-64 on Wednesday night.