Andre Hollins scores 41 to lead Gophers over Memphis

  • Article by: AMELIA RAYNO , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 24, 2012 - 7:45 AM

Facing several players he was familiar with from high school, Andre Hollins scored 41 points, one point short of the Gophers record.

view larger photos

  

PARADISE ISLAND, BAHAMAS - A kid from Memphis was the star of the show Friday, lighting up the scoreboard and inspiring dropped jaws.

But unfortunately for the 19th-ranked University of Memphis, this kid left Tennessee for Minnesota last year, and on Friday, Andre Hollins dramatically outdid a bunch of more highly recruited former high school and AAU teammates and carried the Gophers to their first signature victory of the season.

Hollins scored a dazzling 41 points in an 84-75 victory at the Battle 4 Atlantis, the most points any Gophers player has scored since Ollie Shannon had a school-record-tying 42 against Wisconsin in 1971.

"He put on a great display," Gophers coach Tubby Smith said of the 6-1 point guard from White Station High School. "I don't think I've ever had another young man put on a display like that, shooting. So I'm very impressed with the way he played today, and thank goodness he had because we needed every point."

There were no shortage of complimentary adjectives in the postgame news conference after the sophomore went 5-for-5 from three-point range, hit 12 of 13 shots from the free-throw line and was just as huge for the Gophers (5-1) down the stretch as he was in a 24-point first half.

The Gophers started slowly, but as they started to find holes in the Memphis defense, they were able to get a flurry of back-door cuts and points from the foul line, stringing together a 14-3 run to go up 23-17. When the Tigers (2-2) woke up and reclaimed the lead, Hollins then took over.

With Memphis up 38-37, Hollins singlehandedly picked up the intensity, scoring 10 consecutive points. He drained a pair of three-pointers and followed up with a 15-foot jumper and a pair of free throws, boosting the Gophers to a 47-42 lead at the half.

"It was pretty much, get Dre the ball and see what happens," forward Rodney Williams said. "Today he had the hot hand. We kept giving it to him. We had a lot of guys in foul trouble and Dre definitely stepped up."

Hollins' fifth three-pointer gave the Gophers a 63-55 lead with 11:44 to go, but their inability to box out enabled Memphis to rally again. The Tigers scored 13 second-chance points off 15 offensive rebounds in the second half and briefly reclaimed a 68-67 lead before the Gophers scored the next six points, with Hollins finding Williams open for a baseline jumper for a 73-68 lead.

Memphis was still within 73-70 with 2:29 to go, but Hollins, no worse for the wear, again played the hero, getting to the line eight times in the final 96 seconds and making seven.

It was only fitting, then, that when Williams stole the ball from Geron Johnson with 13 seconds remaining, he flipped the ball to Hollins, who took it down to the other end for a dunk and a 41-point day.

With his trademark ear-to-ear grin, Hollins hung from the rim for a couple of extra seconds and then stared down the cheering crowd after he came down.

"I was just focused for the day," said Hollins, who finished 12-for-16 from the floor. "It was definitely bragging rights for me and Austin [Hollins, also a Memphis native]. We had to redeem ourselves for coming out and losing like that to Duke. We knew we're a better team than that."

With Andre Hollins at the helm, the Gophers looked it, resembling a totally different team than in Thursday's 89-71 loss to No. 5 Duke -- with the exception of 17 turnovers.

And Hollins resembled a totally different player than the five starters on Tigers coach Josh Pastner's team. Memphis point guard Joe Jackson -- Hollins' high school teammate and a player recruited much more intensely -- played only seven minutes after struggling early, sitting out the entire second half and finishing with two points.

"We recruited him, we offered him a scholarship -- we recruited him hard," Pastner said of Hollins. "He just didn't want to come, he felt we were loaded on the guard spot. It wasn't one of those things where we chose someone over him or anything like that."

  • BATTLE FOR ATLANTIS GOPHERS 84, NO. 19 MEMPHIS 75

    Up next: 2:30 p.m. today vs. Stanford • TV: AXS.tv (1500-AM)

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions

ADVERTISEMENT

St. Louis 1 Bottom 8th Inning
Pittsburgh 3
Texas - C. Lewis 2:40 PM
Seattle - E. Ramirez
Washington - D. Fister 6:05 PM
Philadelphia - K. Kendrick
Tampa Bay - D. Smyly 6:05 PM
Baltimore - K. Gausman
Boston - J. Kelly 6:07 PM
Toronto - M. Stroman
NY Yankees - S. Greene 6:08 PM
Detroit - D. Price
Atlanta - J. Teheran 6:10 PM
NY Mets - Z. Wheeler
Chicago Cubs - J. Turner 6:10 PM
Cincinnati - M. Latos
Cleveland - C. Kluber 7:10 PM
Chicago WSox - H. Noesi
Minnesota - P. Hughes 7:10 PM
Kansas City - L. Hendriks
Oakland - D. Pomeranz 7:10 PM
Houston - B. Peacock
Milwaukee - Y. Gallardo 8:10 PM
San Diego - O. Despaigne
Los Angeles - C. Kershaw 8:40 PM
Arizona - W. Miley
Miami - H. Alvarez 9:05 PM
LA Angels - H. Santiago
Colorado - F. Morales 9:15 PM
San Francisco - T. Hudson
Atlanta 8/28/14 5:00 PM
Jacksonville
Detroit 8/28/14 6:00 PM
Buffalo
Indianapolis 8/28/14 6:00 PM
Cincinnati
Kansas City 8/28/14 6:00 PM
Green Bay
NY Jets 8/28/14 6:00 PM
Philadelphia
St. Louis 8/28/14 6:00 PM
Miami
Carolina 8/28/14 6:30 PM
Pittsburgh
New England 8/28/14 6:30 PM
NY Giants
Washington 8/28/14 6:30 PM
Tampa Bay
Baltimore 8/28/14 7:00 PM
New Orleans
Chicago 8/28/14 7:00 PM
Cleveland
Denver 8/28/14 7:00 PM
Dallas
Minnesota 8/28/14 7:00 PM
Tennessee
San Francisco 8/28/14 7:00 PM
Houston
Arizona 8/28/14 9:00 PM
San Diego
Seattle 8/28/14 9:00 PM
Oakland
(21) Texas A&M 8/28/14 5:00 PM
(9) So Carolina
Wake Forest 8/28/14 6:02 PM
ULM
Boise State 8/28/14 7:00 PM
(18) Ole Miss
Tulane 8/28/14 7:00 PM
Tulsa
Temple 8/28/14 8:15 PM
Vanderbilt
Rutgers 8/28/14 9:00 PM
Washington St
Weber State 8/28/14 9:30 PM
(19) Arizona State
BYU 8/29/14 6:00 PM
Connecticut
(6) Jacksonville St 8/29/14 6:30 PM
(8) Michigan State
Bowling Green 8/29/14 6:30 PM
Western Ky
TX-San Antonio 8/29/14 8:00 PM
Houston
Colorado State 8/29/14 8:00 PM
Colorado
UNLV 8/29/14 9:30 PM
Arizona
Penn State 8/30/14 7:30 AM
UCF
Troy 8/30/14 11:00 AM
UAB
(7) UCLA 8/30/14 11:00 AM
Virginia
Western Mich 8/30/14 11:00 AM
Purdue
(5) Ohio State 8/30/14 11:00 AM
Navy
Appalachian St 8/30/14 11:00 AM
Michigan
Ga Southern 8/30/14 11:30 AM
NC State
Boston College 8/30/14 2:00 PM
Massachusetts
West Virginia 8/30/14 2:30 PM
(2) Alabama
Rice 8/30/14 2:30 PM
(17) Notre Dame
(10) South Dakota St 8/30/14 2:30 PM
(24) Missouri
Fla Atlantic 8/30/14 2:30 PM
(22) Nebraska
California 8/30/14 2:30 PM
Northwestern
Marshall 8/30/14 2:30 PM
Miami-Ohio
UC Davis 8/30/14 3:00 PM
(11) Stanford
Arkansas 8/30/14 3:00 PM
(6) Auburn
(16) Clemson 8/30/14 4:30 PM
(12) Georgia
Liberty 8/30/14 5:00 PM
(23) North Carolina
Ohio U 8/30/14 5:00 PM
Kent State
Louisiana Tech 8/30/14 6:00 PM
(4) Oklahoma
Idaho 8/30/14 6:00 PM
Florida
Stephen F Austin 8/30/14 6:10 PM
(20) Kansas State
Fresno State 8/30/14 6:30 PM
(15) USC
Southern Miss 8/30/14 6:30 PM
Miss State
Texas-El Paso 8/30/14 7:00 PM
New Mexico
North Texas 8/30/14 7:00 PM
Texas
(1) Florida State 8/30/14 7:00 PM
Oklahoma State
(14) Wisconsin 8/30/14 8:00 PM
(13) LSU
South Dakota 8/30/14 9:30 PM
(3) Oregon
(25) Washington 8/30/14 9:30 PM
Hawaii
Utah State 8/31/14 6:00 PM
Tennessee
SMU 8/31/14 6:30 PM
(10) Baylor
Miami-Florida 9/1/14 7:00 PM
Louisville
D.C. 9:30 PM
Los Angeles
Ottawa 8/29/14 6:30 PM
Montreal
Winnipeg 8/31/14 3:00 PM
Saskatchewan
Toronto 9/1/14 12:00 PM
Hamilton
Edmonton 9/1/14 3:30 PM
Calgary
Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT

Date/Opponent Time W L Score
2014 season     
Aug 28 - vs. E. Illinois 6 pm
Sep 6 - vs. M. Tennessee St. 2:30 pm
Sep 13 - at TCU 3 pm
Sep 20 - vs. San Jose St. TBA
Sep 27 - at Michigan TBA
Oct 11 - vs. Northwestern TBA
Oct 18 - vs. Purdue 11 am
Oct 25 - at Illinois 11 am
Nov 8 - vs. Iowa TBA
Nov 15 - vs. Ohio State TBA
Nov 22 - at Nebraska TBA
Nov 29 - at Wisconsin TBA

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

question of the day

Poll: Which football team will have the best record in 2014?

Weekly Question

ADVERTISEMENT

 
Close