Minnesota vs Miami (Fla.)

    Minnesota 78, Miami 60

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    CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) - Rodney Williams scored 21 points to lead Minnesota to a 78-60 victory over Miami in a second-round NIT game Monday night.

    The Gophers never trailed after starting the game on a 12-0 run. Williams scored 16 points in the first half and has now scored 20 or more in his last three games.

    "I feel like I've been a little bit more consistent lately," Williams said. "The guys have been giving me the ball in the right spots. I was feeling good."

    Minnesota (21-14) advances to the quarterfinals at Middle Tennessee on Wednesday night. The Blue Raiders defeated Tennessee earlier Monday.

    The Gophers expanded a 35-23 lead at halftime with a 15-2 spurt early in the second half. Andre Hollins hit consecutive 3-pointers and Andre Ingram's putback with 12:22 remaining ended the surge and gave Minnesota a 56-33 lead.

    "We came ready to play," Minnesota coach Tubby Smith said. "Rodney got us off to a good start. We had some guys step up who hadn't played a lot."

    Hollins and Joe Coleman finished with 14 points each for the Gophers.

    Rion Brown scored 16 points for Miami (20-13).

    "We started the game very lethargic," Miami coach Jim Larranaga said. "We never seemed to be able to generate any defensive intensity."

    The Gophers shot 58 percent as they converted 28-of-48 shots and out-rebounded Miami 41-26.

    Minnesota reserve forward Oto Osenieks favored the back of his head and collapsed on the court after colliding with Miami's Reggie Johnson 1:10 into the second half.

    The freshman from Latvia never lost consciousness and quickly reached his feet. Osenieks watched the rest of the game from the Minnesota bench.

    "He's fine now, he had a dizzy spell," Smith said.

    Minnesota had its second double-digit lead of the first half after a 13-2 spurt. Williams had two three-point plays and Coleman's jumper with 4:46 remaining capped the run and gave the Gophers a 26-15 lead.

    After Reggie Johnson scored consecutive baskets and helped cut Minnesota's lead to 26-20, the Gophers outscored the Hurricanes 9-3 in the final 2:49 of the first half and led 35-23 at halftime.

    Minnesota shot 14 of 23 from the field in the first half.

    The Hurricanes rallied from a 12-0 deficit and scored 11 unanswered points during a 2:49 span early in the first half. Garrius Adams' steal and breakaway dunk with 10:54 ended the surge and got the Hurricanes to within 12-11.

    The Gophers kept Miami scoreless for the first 6:15.

    "I have no clue why we came out like that," Brown said. "I can't explain it."

    Miami missed its first seven shots until Trey McKinney Jones' jumper with 13:45 ended the early scoring drought.

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    Minnesota Golden Gophers
    R. Williams, F239-103-452421
    E. Eliason, C140-20-02040
    A. Hollins, G385-122-264214
    J. Coleman, G355-64-562014
    A. Hollins, G332-64-46318
    A. Ingram243-42-26048
    J. Welch184-51-222413
    C. Armelin70-10-02100
    O. Osenieks40-00-01010
    M. Ahanmisi20-00-00000
    C. Halvorsen10-00-00000
    K. Shell10-20-01010
    Totals 28-4816-1941142178
     58.3%84.2% 
    Miami (Fla.) Hurricanes
    K. Kadji, F111-51-31013
    R. Johnson, C202-66-620210
    R. Brown, G345-124-560216
    S. Larkin, G284-120-11218
    M. Grant, G171-70-01202
    T. McKinney Jones332-50-02335
    G. Adams252-80-01035
    D. Jones183-42-43028
    E. Swoope81-10-11022
    R. Akpejiori40-10-01000
    J. Heller10-00-00000
    R. Quigtar10-01-20001
    Totals 21-6114-222671660
     34.4%63.6% 
    Big Ten
    TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
    Indiana15-327-824
    Michigan St.13-529-612
    Maryland12-627-914
    Purdue12-626-915
    Iowa12-622-1129
    Wisconsin12-622-1343
    Ohio St.11-721-1474
    Michigan10-823-1357
    Northwestern8-1020-12115
    Penn St.7-1116-16119
    Nebraska6-1216-18165
    Illinois5-1315-19149
    Minnesota2-168-23257
    Rutgers1-177-25294

    ACC
    TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
    N. Carolina14-433-75
    Virginia13-529-83
    Miami (Fla.)13-527-89
    Louisville12-623-817
    Duke11-725-1120
    Notre Dame11-724-1231
    Va. Tech10-820-1589
    Clemson10-817-14131
    Pittsburgh9-921-1253
    Syracuse9-923-1472
    Florida St.8-1020-1482
    Georgia Tech8-1021-1569
    NC State5-1316-17123
    Wake Forest2-1611-20159
    Boston College0-187-25250
     
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