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Minnesota vs Southern California

Gophers beat USC for Tubby Smith's 500th career win

CBSSports.com wire reports
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LOS ANGELES -- Minnesota made the long trip west worthwhile, extending its winning streak to six games and giving coach Tubby Smith his 500th career victory.

Andre Hollins led four players in double figures with 14 points in the 14th-ranked Gophers' 71-57 win over Southern California on Saturday night.

Rodney Williams added 13 points and 11 rebounds for his first double-double of the season, and Trevor Mbakwe had 12 points for the Gophers (10-1), who led all the way on their first trip to play USC in Los Angeles since Dec. 29, 1980.

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"This is a huge win for Coach's career," Hollins said. "Part of the history books. Obviously, it shows how great of a coach he is, how great a person he is and it is translating over to us being a winning basketball team."

Smith became the 19th active Division I coach to reach that win mark, something he didn't realize until being told.

"It was good to do with this group," he said. "There's always a challenge with any group, but this group is a committed group, they have great chemistry, so it's fun to coach them."

Reserve Omar Oraby scored all of his 15 points in the second half to lead USC (3-6).

Byron Wesley added 13 points and Jio Fontan had nine. Dewayne Dedmon grabbed 10 rebounds. The Trojans have lost five in a row and six of seven.

"We never put any real pressure on them at all," USC coach Kevin O'Neill said. "We got much better in the second half and played harder. These are the things we have to do to get better."

USC cut its deficit to single digits for the first time in the second half on a basket by Oraby with 5:41 remaining. He struggled at the line, making just 1 of 5 free throws. That was the closest the Trojans came as Hollins scored six of the Gophers' final 10 points.

"We were just kind of passing the ball around, not making them play defense on us. We didn't take advantage of that, that's how the game got close," Hollins said.

"We need to attack the gaps and make them play us. Instead we were playing outside of them, not being aggressive so that's one of the things we have to get better at as a team."

USC committed 17 turnovers, went 1 of 11 from 3-point range and got beat on the boards 40-32. The Gophers had 10 steals, although they had 15 miscues.

The Trojans improved their shooting to 45 percent in the second half, when they were outscored 33-31.

Oraby was involved in the game's hardest foul when he and Mbakwe both went down early in the second half. Mbakwe went to the line and made both free throws to extend the Gophers' lead to 49-36.

"We each hit pretty hard. I didn't think it was a foul," Oraby said. "I only blocked the ball. I didn't touch his arm."

The Gophers raced to a 23-10 lead, including the game's first nine points, before the slow-starting Trojans played them nearly evenly the rest of the first half. Fontan made 5 of 6 free throws as USC closed the half by outscoring the Gophers 16-15 to trail 38-26.

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Minnesota guard Andre Hollins works the ball against USC's Chass Bryan on Saturday night. (US Presswire)
Minnesota guard Andre Hollins works the ball against USC's Chass Bryan on Saturday night. (US Presswire)
Scoreboard
Minnesota #14 (10-1) «383371
Southern California (3-6)263157
MINN:A. Hollins 14 Pts
MINN:R. Williams Jr. 11 Reb
MINN:J. Welch 4 Ast
USC:O. Oraby 15 Pts
USC:D. Dedmon 10 Reb
USC:J. Fontan 4 Ast
 
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
MinnesotaSouthern California
MINN
Rodney Williams Jr.
USC
Omar Oraby
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
131121540
Minnesota Golden Gophers
R. Williams Jr., F364-95-6112313
A. Hollins, G303-70-03248
J. Coleman, G303-94-651010
A. Hollins, G305-83-651314
E. Eliason, C151-40-05222
T. Mbakwe, F263-76-643212
J. Welch, G172-60-01416
M. Ahanmisi, G72-31-31116
O. Osenieks, F60-20-01010
A. Ingram, F30-00-00010
C. Halvorsen, FDid Not Play
M. Walker, FDid Not Play
K. Shell, GDid Not Play
C. Buggs, FDid Not Play
W. Ellenson, GDid Not Play
Totals 23-5519-2736161871
 41.8%70.4% 
Southern California Trojans
J. Fontan, G322-95-61439
B. Wesley, G286-90-050113
D. Dedmon, F251-50-010132
E. Wise, F183-40-10146
J. Terrell, G160-72-20022
C. Bryan, G261-51-21433
O. Oraby, C227-91-540315
B. Taylor, G150-10-03010
A. Fuller, F132-41-24015
R. Woolridge, F30-00-01000
J. Blasczyk, C21-10-00002
D. Munoz, GDid Not Play
T. Sugiyama, GDid Not Play
A. Stewart, FDid Not Play
G. Allen, GDid Not Play
S. Gavrilovic, FDid Not Play
Z. Banner, FDid Not Play
Totals 23-5410-1829102157
 42.6%55.6% 
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TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Penn St.0-011-135
Maryland0-010-140
Wisconsin0-010-115
Indiana0-09-294
Minnesota0-09-275
Ohio St.0-09-254
Illinois0-09-353
Iowa0-08-4111
Michigan St.0-08-460
Purdue0-08-4127
Nebraska0-06-3107
Northwestern0-07-4134
Michigan0-06-5129
Rutgers0-06-5128

Pac 12
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Arizona0-012-013
Washington0-010-024
California0-010-158
Oregon St.0-08-2140
Utah0-08-214
Oregon0-08-3131
UCLA0-08-4104
Colorado0-06-392
Stanford0-06-380
USC0-06-4142
Arizona St.0-06-5209
Wash. State0-04-6239
 
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MIST 73
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