Boxscore
Minnesota 78, Middle Tennessee St. 72
Wednesday, March 21, 2012 7:00 PM
Location - Murphy Center, Murfreesboro, Tennessee
Officials - Doug Shows, Mike Nance, Tony Chiazza
Attendance - 10521

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 T
Minnesota 28 50 78
Middle Tennessee St. 32 40 72

Recap


Minnesota 78, Middle Tennessee 72: Rodney Williams scored a career-high 24 points and freshman Andre Hollins added 24 and six rebounds to lead the Golden Gophers to their third consecutive road win in the NIT. Minnesota is headed to New York City to face Washington in the semifinals Tuesday at Madison Square Garden.

The Golden Gophers (22-14) trailed by four at halftime, but quickly erased the deficit after the break and took the lead for good with 13:59 left.
Despite playing without 6-foot-11 senior Ralph Sampson III, who missed his third consecutive game with a knee injury, the Golden Gophers were able to exploit their size advantage.

At 6-7, Williams presented a matchup problem on the perimeter and was able to top 20 points for the fourth consecutive game before leaving with a severe calf cramp in the final minute.

Six-foot-11 freshman Elliott Eliason added a career-high 12 points to go with seven rebounds and two blocks. Eliason's previous high was eight against Virginia Tech on Nov. 30.

Marcos Knight had 19 points and eight rebounds to lead Middle Tennessee State (27-7), but the Golden Gophers did a nice job of neutralizing Sun Belt Player of the Year LaRon Dendy for most of the night.

Dendy was held scoreless for the first 19 minutes and finished with 11 points and six rebounds.

GAME NOTEBOOK:
Hollins has scored in double digits in seven consecutive games. He hit double figures only five times in the previous 28 games. … Minnesota, which also has won at La Salle and Miami in the tournament, spoiled Middle Tennessee State's first home game in the NIT since 1988. … The Golden Gophers improved to 6-6 on the road, while the Blue Raiders finished 16-2 at home. … The Golden Gophers committed only three turnovers in the second half after turning it over 11 times in the first half.

Minnesota Golden Gophers

  REBOUNDS  
PLAYER MIN FGM-A 3GM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT A PF STL TO BLK PTS
Rodney Williams 36:00 8-11 2-3 6-8 1 2 3 2 1 2 1 2 24
Joe Coleman 27:00 3-6 0-0 1-3 2 4 6 2 5 0 4 0 7
Elliott Eliason 32:00 6-8 0-0 0-0 4 3 7 1 3 2 1 2 12
Andre Hollins 36:00 7-18 2-5 8-8 2 4 6 4 4 2 2 0 24
Austin Hollins 36:00 3-8 2-3 2-3 0 1 1 2 1 2 2 0 10
Andre Ingram 12:00 0-3 0-0 0-0 1 3 4 0 3 0 1 1 0
Maverick Ahanmisi 4:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0
Julian Welch 13:00 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 3 0 1 0 0
Chip Armelin 4:00 0-0 0-0 1-2 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
TOTAL 200 27-55 6-11 18-24 11 18 29 11 20 10 14 5 78
  49.1% 54.5% 75.0% Team Rebs: 4   Total TO: 14

Middle Tennessee St. Blue Raiders

  REBOUNDS  
PLAYER MIN FGM-A 3GM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT A PF STL TO BLK PTS
Raymond Cintron 23:00 5-9 3-5 2-2 0 1 1 1 2 0 3 0 15
LaRon Dendy 34:00 3-9 0-1 5-8 2 3 5 1 1 1 2 0 11
Marcos Knight 28:00 7-14 1-4 4-6 3 6 9 2 1 4 1 0 19
Bruce Massey 31:00 3-7 0-0 3-4 0 3 3 2 4 0 3 1 9
J.T. Sulton 25:00 2-4 0-0 0-0 2 0 2 0 3 0 3 0 4
Shawn Jones 11:00 1-3 0-0 2-2 1 0 1 0 4 0 1 3 4
Jimmy Oden 9:00 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 2 0 2 2 0 2
James Gallman 12:00 0-1 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
Kerry Hammonds 19:00 1-3 0-2 2-2 2 1 3 3 2 0 1 0 4
Torin Walker 8:00 2-2 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 0 1 0 0 1 4
TOTAL 200 25-53 4-13 18-24 10 18 28 11 19 7 16 5 72
  47.2% 30.8% 75.0% Team Rebs: 3   Total TO: 16
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