Gophers win on Austin Hollins' big day

  • Article by: AMELIA RAYNO , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 11, 2013 - 9:43 AM

With 20 points and 14 rebounds, Austin beat Andre to the career mark as the Gophers beat South Dakota State.

view larger photos

  

Before the Gophers faced South Dakota State on Tuesday night, senior Austin Hollins approached his close friend, junior Andre Hollins.

Both players were within near spitting distance of 1,000 career points, although the latter — who was averaging 3.4 points more than Austin — was a hair closer.

“He needed 17, and I think I needed 13,” Andre Hollins said. “And he was like ‘Dre, you’ve got to wait on me, you’ve got to wait on me if I don’t get it.’ ”

Instead, as the seconds ticked away, it was Austin waiting on Andre. Having played the game of his career, Austin went ahead into the history books anyway, finding the milestone on a layup with 3 minutes, 16 seconds to go in the eventual 75-59 victory over South Dakota State.

Less than two minutes later, he was taken out to an appreciative ovation, the meager but excited Williams Arena crowd of 11,349 rising for the second time to celebrate the accomplishment and displaying signs that read “HOLLINSANITY.”

His performance — 20 points, a career-high 14-rebounds, three assists and zero turnovers — perhaps put an exclamation point on what those watching the Gophers closely are quickly starting to learn: Austin Hollins is not lagging behind any player on this team, and he’s waiting for no one.

“I don’t think Austin Hollins gets enough respect,” Gophers coach Richard Pitino said. “When you talk about the face of the program, you say it’s Andre Hollins. Well I think we’ve got two faces, and it’s Andre and Austin Hollins. I think both of those guys — we’re going to go as far as they take us. But Austin is a tremendous player, and he’s only getting better.”

On a night where Pitino’s legendary father, Louisville coach Rick Pitino, was in the Barn, the Gophers needed every flicker of the spark that Hollins brought.

With 6:23 left in the first half, the Jackrabbits had tied Minnesota at 23 after the Gophers — who made four of 16 shots from three-point range in the first half — got off to a second consecutive sluggish start. But Austin Hollins brought the fire. The 6-4 guard scored eight points in the final 7:02 while living on the boards. By halftime, he’d already notched a double-double, reeling in 11 rebounds to go with 11 points — the last two coming on a short jumper to end the Gophers’ last possession of the half, in which he grabbed three rebounds. Overall, Minnesota outrebounded South Dakota State 40-30, and Elliott Eliason quietly had a double-double of his own, finishing with 10 points and 12 rebounds.

“I definitely couldn’t have predicted that,” said Austin Hollins of his new rebounding proficiency, averaging 7.4 rebounds per game. “But I put in a lot of work in the offseason, and it’s really starting to pay off and I can really see the changes.”

– who spoke to the team in the locker room after the victory — congratulated Austin on the milestone.

As the seconds ticked away, though, and Andre was getting close, Andre was still a few steps away.

“I actually told Andre, I said I think you need five more,” Austin said. “Shoot a three or something, get a layup. I was just joking around with him. But it would have been cool to see him get 1,000 points, but he’ll have his own night for that. That will be a great milestone for him as well.”



 

  • related content

  • BOXSCORE: Gophers basketball 75, South Dakota State 59

    Tuesday December 10, 2013

  • Gophers-South Dakota State game recap

    Tuesday December 10, 2013

    GAME RECAPImpact playerAustin Hollins, GophersThe senior guard not only eclipsed the 1,000 career points landmark, he did it in style,...

  • Postgame: Rick Pitino surprises son, talks to team after win

    Wednesday December 11, 2013

    The elder Pitino surprised his son by showing up to Williams Arena, and then was able to witness a little bit of Gophers history.

  • Gophers guard Austin Hollins had a big night against South Dakota State, reaching the 1,000-points career milestone and also pulling down a career-high 14 rebounds.

  • Austin Hollins tried to strip the ball from South Dakota State's Marcus Heemstra during the first half at Williams Arena in Minneapolis Tuesday, December 10, 2013.

  • Rick Pitino, father of Gophers head coach Richard Pitino, smiled as he watched the action on the court during the first half at Williams Arena in Minneapolis Tuesday, December 10, 2013.

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions

ADVERTISEMENT

Chicago Cubs - LP: J. Arrieta 2 FINAL
Cincinnati - WP: D. Axelrod 7
NY Yankees - LP: S. Kelley 2 FINAL
Detroit - WP: P. Coke 3
Colorado - LP: J. Lyles 1 FINAL
San Francisco - WP: Y. Petit 4
Tampa Bay 4 Bottom 7th Inning
Baltimore 4
Atlanta - WP: M. Minor 6 FINAL
NY Mets - LP: J. Niese 1
Cleveland 1 Top 6th Inning
Chicago WSox 1
Minnesota 4 Bottom 5th Inning
Kansas City 3
Texas 2 Bottom 5th Inning
Houston 0
Oakland - S. Gray 9:05 PM
LA Angels - C. Wilson
Atlanta 24 FINAL
Jacksonville 14
Detroit 23 4th Qtr 2:28
Buffalo 0
Indianapolis 7 4th Qtr 0:52
Cincinnati 35
Kansas City 14 4th Qtr 8:14
Green Bay 34
NY Jets 7 4th Qtr 2:44
Philadelphia 37
St. Louis 13 4th Qtr 2:45
Miami 14
Carolina 10 4th Qtr 12:29
Pittsburgh 0
New England 13 4th Qtr
NY Giants 10
Washington 17 4th Qtr 12:21
Tampa Bay 10
Baltimore 16 3rd Qtr 9:22
New Orleans 13
Chicago 13 3rd Qtr 11:15
Cleveland 17
Denver 17 3rd Qtr 10:35
Dallas 3
Minnesota 16 3rd Qtr 6:27
Tennessee 0
San Francisco 17 3rd Qtr 9:04
Houston 6
Arizona 9:00 PM
San Diego
Seattle 9:00 PM
Oakland
(21) Texas A&M 52 FINAL
(9) So Carolina 28
Wake Forest 10 4th Qtr 9:24
ULM 10
Boise State 3 3rd Qtr 15:00
(18) Ole Miss 7
Tulane 21 3rd Qtr
Tulsa 14
Rutgers 9:00 PM
Washington St
Temple 9:13 PM
Vanderbilt
Weber State 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
Arizona 9/4/14 7:00 PM
TX-San Antonio
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
Brt Columbia 9/5/14 6:30 PM
Ottawa
Calgary 9/6/14 6:00 PM
Edmonton
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: How will the Gophers do in their football opener?

Weekly Question

ADVERTISEMENT

 
Close