Minnesota tops SMU to win NIT crown

(AP) Austin Hollins hit a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 46.1 seconds left and Minnesota won the NIT championship Thursday night, beating SMU 65-63 to give the Pitino family its latest postseason tournament title.

Hollins scored 19 points and Andre Hollins had 14 for the Golden Gophers (25-13), who took home the trophy for the third time. They also won the National Invitation Tournament in 1993 and `98, though the second one was vacated because of an NCAA rules violation involving player eligibility.

With coach Richard Pitino’s famous father, Rick, sitting near his son’s bench at Madison Square Garden, Minnesota made up for a blowout loss to Stanford in the NIT final two years ago and finished with a flourish in its first season under the 31-year-old Pitino.

Catch up on all the scores, stats and photos in this post.





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Len Valento on 4/3/2014 @ 9:25pm EDT Said:

Way to go Gophers, Nice Championship!

Chuck Sterling on 4/4/2014 @ 3:10pm EDT Said:

I had to google SMU to confirm that the acronym stands for Southern Methodist University, which was never identified in the above story or the Associated Press account.

lynn on 4/4/2014 @ 4:51pm EDT Said:

what does it matter what it stands for?

M Godwin on 4/5/2014 @ 12:39pm EDT Said:

Great win in the “not invited tournament”! What does this mean…you are the 65th best team in the country?

jagrout on 4/5/2014 @ 8:48pm EDT Said:

M Goodwin. Congratulations on winning the most appallingly ignorant comment on the web today award.

Jim Aroyo on 4/8/2014 @ 12:07pm EDT Said:

Actually, M Godwin, the 69th best.

SMU Velo on 4/8/2014 @ 2:05pm EDT Said:

SMU went undefeated against National Champion UConn twice this year, so 69th best team? I think not.

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