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.
#5: Charles Buggs Emerges vs. Iowa
In a season filled with unlikely heroes stepping up to lead the Gophers to victory, none may have been as much of a surprise as the play of freshman Charles Buggs in the Feb. 25 game against Iowa. Against a high-scoring, top-25 Hawkeyes squad, the Gophers put up their highest point total of the season and kept momentum going heading into March.
Beyond the then-career high of 27 points for Austin Hollins, no one Gopher may have had as much of an impact as Buggs. With just five points in 21 career minutes prior, Buggs exploded for 13 points, all but two in the first half including a 3-for-3 performance beyond the arc. He helped the Gophers overcome an 11-point deficit more than 12 and a half minutes into the contest, and played a significant role in the eventual 95-89 win over the Hawkeyes.
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.