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Associated Press, Published March 27 2012

Hollins scores 20 as Gophers advance to men's NIT final

NEW YORK – Freshman guard Andre Hollins scored 20 points, including five in overtime, and short-handed Minnesota beat Washington 68-67 on Tuesday night to advance to the NIT title game.

With the shot clock winding down and the Golden Gophers clinging to a one-point lead in the final minute, Hollins banked in an off-balance shot to put Minnesota up 68-65.

The top-seeded Huskies (24-11), who trailed by 15 late in the first half, sent the game to overtime when C.J. Wilcox stole the ball in the backcourt and hit the tying layup with 16.3 seconds left.

Wilcox had a good look at a potential tying 3-pointer in the final seconds of overtime, but the ball bounced off the rim. Darnell Gant put back the miss to pull Washington within a point, but after Julian Welch missed two free throws with 3.5 seconds remaining, Abdul Gaddy’s desperation shot from beyond midcourt fell well short.

The sixth-seeded Golden Gophers (23-14) will face No. 3 seed Stanford in Thursday night’s championship game at Madison Square Garden. The Cardinal beat Massachusetts

74-64 in the first semifinal.

Terrence Ross led the Huskies with 21 points.

MINNESOTA (23-14): Coleman 2-9 2-4 6, Williams 8-17 2-2 18, Eliason 0-1 0-0 0, An. Hollins 6-14 7-7 20, Au. Hollins 5-8 0-1 12, Welch 1-3 0-2 2, Ahanmisi 0-0 0-0 0, Armelin 0-1 1-2 1, Ingram 4-6 1-2 9. Totals 26-59 13-20 68.

WASHINGTON (24-11): Ross 7-19 4-4 21, Gant 5-7 1-2 12, N’Diaye 0-3 0-0 0, Gaddy 3-10 3-4 9, Wroten 4-16 1-2 9, Wilcox 5-12 1-2 12, Simmons 1-1 0-0 2, Seferian-Jenkins 1-2 0-2 2. Totals 26-70 10-16 67.

Halftime: Minnesota 38-26. End Of Regulation: Tied 61. 3-Point Goals: Minnesota 3-13 (Au. Hollins 2-5, An. Hollins 1-4, Welch 0-1, Williams 0-3), Washington 5-16 (Ross 3-7, Gant 1-1, Wilcox 1-6, Gaddy 0-1, Wroten 0-1). Fouled Out: Ingram, Wilcox. Rebounds: Minnesota 40 (Williams 9), Washington 43 (Gant 9). Assists: Minnesota 15 (An. Hollins 5), Washington 11 (Gaddy 5). Total Fouls: Minnesota 17, Washington 18. A: 7,574.