Austin Hollins' career-high 32 lifts Gophers to NIT semis

(AP) Austin Hollins scored a career-high 32 points to lead Minnesota to an 81-73 win Tuesday night over Southern Mississippi and a spot in the NIT semifinals. Hollins, playing in his school-record 139th game, scored 12 straight points in a span of 1:42 to erase an eight-point first-half deficit. He made all 10 of his foul shots, including six straight in the final 48.1 to hold off the Golden Eagles, who had closed to within 78-73.

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Joey King scored 15 and Maurice Walker added 12 for Minnesota (23-13), which is in the NIT semifinals for the second time in three years and seventh overall.

The Golden Gophers play Florida State or Louisiana Tech Tuesday at Madison Square Garden in New York.

MINNESOTA 81, SOUTHERN MISS 73 | AP RECAP | BOX | PLAY-BY-PLAY

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