NEW YORK, NY – Austin Hollins led the way with 19 points as Minnesota topped SMU 65-63 to capture the NIT title in head coach Richard Pitino’s first season in charge of the Golden Gophers.
Andre Hollins added 14 points, while Deandre Mathieu dropped 13 added seven assists.
Nic Moore had 17 points to lead SMU.
John Tautges and Kelly Tripucka called the action on WestwoodOne Sports.
(Andre Hollins scores and it’s 30-24 Gophers)
(Ryan Manuel throws one down and the Mustangs lead 42-38)
(Deandre Mathieu puts Minnesota back ahead 43-42)
(Nick Russell’s clutch shot gives SMU a 49-45 lead)
(Markus Kennedy’s dunk makes it 53-46 Mustangs)
(Austin Hollins scores and Minnesota leads 57-54)
(A Russell three ties the game at 57-57)
(Hollins hits from three and Minnesota leads 62-59)
(The final call as Minnesota wins the NIT)
(Postgame interview with Minnesota’s Andre Hollins)
(NIT Recap from John Tautges and Kelly Tripucka)