Akeem Springs, Nate Mason send Minnesota past NJIT, 74-68

Akeem Springs, Nate Mason send Minnesota past NJIT, 74-68

(AP) Akeem Springs came off the bench to score 19 points and Nate Mason added 18 for Minnesota, which came from behind in the second half and escaped with a 74-68 victory against NJIT on Tuesday night.

Springs and Mason each hit four 3-pointers as Minnesota was 9 of 21 from beyond the arc. Freshman Amir Coffey added 13 points and eight rebounds for the Gophers (8-1), who have equaled their win total from last season.

A back-and-forth affair saw 13 lead changes, but NJIT never led by more than three points before Minnesota used a 7-0 run to take a 65-61 lead.

Rob Ukawuba led the Highlanders (5-5) with 18 points. Damon Lynn had 12 points but shot 5 of 24 from the field. NJIT committed just seven turnovers but shot 34.2 percent from the field and was 8 of 32 from 3.

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