May 27, 2014
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.
#6: Austin Hollins Alley-Oop vs. Florida State
Paired against the visiting Florida State Seminoles in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge on Dec. 3, Minnesota proved to be unfriendly hosts to the Seminoles after a 71-61 victory for the Maroon and Gold.
Up six at the half on FSU, the Gophers stormed out to a 10-1 run out of the locker room, punctuated by a highlight-reel play from Mathieu to Austin Hollins. After a steal by Oto Osenieks got the ball ahead to Mathieu, the point guard streaked up the left side of the court and, just beyond the 3-point arc, tossed the ball into the air where Hollins elevated and dunked it home.
The play made the score 43-28 Gophers, sent the Williams Arena fans to their feet, and forced an FSU timeout. The Seminoles got no closer than four despite a late charge, and Minnesota held on for a 71-61 win to open the month of December.
Northern Illinois Game to Air Live on BTN
Sunday’s men’s basketball game against Northern Illinois will now be televised live on BTN.
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.