May 29, 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.
#3: Austin Hollins Scores 32 Points in Final Home Game vs. Southern Miss
With the Gophers just one win away from a trip to New York City, Minnesota found itself in an early eight-point hole against Southern Miss. Minnesota found its response in senior Austin Hollins, who had a career night in his final home game at the Barn.
Hollins poured in a career-high 32 points, continuing his ascent up the career scoring chart and posting the first 30-point game by a Gopher this season. Hollins was a perfect 10-10 from the free throw line, sank six 3-pointers, and also added four assists, three steals and two rebounds as he led the Gophers to victory, and a berth in the NIT Final Four.
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.