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Forum staff reports, Published March 25 2014

Austin Hollins scores 32 as Gophers reach NIT semifinals

MINNEAPOLIS – University of Minnesota’s Austin Hollins scored 18 of his career-high 32 points in the first half to help the Gophers come back from a nine-point deficit to beat Southern Mississippi 81-73 Tuesday night in the NIT quarterfinals at Williams Arena.

Minnesota (23-23) will play the winner of today’s Louisiana Tech-Georgetown game in the NIT Final Four next Tuesday in New York City.

Hollins, who was 8 of 14 from the field and 10 for 10 on free throws, clearly didn’t want the top-seeded Gophers to end the season with a loss in his final home game.

SOUTHERN MISS (73): N.Watson 5-14 2-2 16, M.Craig 3-5 1-2 7, Aa.Brown 3-10 0-0 8, Boardingham 6-8 3-4 15, Je.Brooks 3-8 0-0 8, Do.Houston 1-4 3-4 6, Bingaya 3-5 3-8 9, Eason 2-4 0-0 4, Armelin 0-1 0-0 0, N.Carey 0-0 0-0 0, J.Chapman 0-0 0-0 0, Ifeanyichukwa 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 26-59 12-20 73.

MINNESOTA (81): An.Hollins 1-8 3-4 5, Au.Hollins 8-14 10-10 32, Jy.King 7-13 0-0 15, D.Mathieu 3-3 0-0 7, Mu.Walker 3-5 6-7 12, Eliason 2-2 0-0 4, Ahanmisi 2-4 0-0 6, Mi.Smith 0-2 0-0 0, Buggs 0-0 0-0 0, D.McNeil 0-1 0-0 0, K.Shell 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 26-52 19-21 81.

Southern Miss 40 33 — 73

Minnesota 44 37 — 81

3-Point Goals: Southern Miss 9-26 (N.Watson 4-11, Aa.Brown 2-4, Je.Brooks 2-6, Do.Houston 1-3, Armelin 0-1, Bingaya 0-1), Minnesota 10-27 (Au.Hollins 6-11, Ahanmisi 2-3, D.Mathieu 1-1, Jy.King 1-4, D.McNeil 0-1, Mi.Smith 0-2, An.Hollins 0-5). Fouled out: Boardingham. Rebounds: Southern Miss 37 (Bingaya 6), Minnesota 27 (Mu.Walker 9). Assists: Southern Miss 20 (M.Craig, N.Watson 6), Minnesota 23 (An.Hollins 7). Total Fouls: Southern Miss 20 (Boardingham 5), Minnesota 14 (Au.Hollins, D.Mathieu, Mu.Walker 3). A—5,444.