MINNEAPOLIS — Andre Hollins scored 24 points as Minnesota defeated Southern 85-57 in men’s college basketball Wednesday night.
Mo Walker and Carlos Morris each scored 11 points while DeAndre Mathieu added 10 points and five assists for the Gophers (8-2), who shot 54.7 percent from the field and led by as many as 37 points in the second half.
Adrian Rodgers led the Jaguars (2-7) with 18 points, while Trelun Banks added 15 and Tre Lynch chipped in 10. Southern shot 40 percent from the field but did post a season-high 10 team steals.
The Jaguars hit three of their first four shots and took a quick 6-3 lead, but then Minnesota’s pressure defense went to work. Southern missed its next six field-goal attempts as the Gophers went on a 12-0 run to take charge. Hollins knocked down a pair of 3-pointers in the run.
Two nights after they shot 60 percent in a win over North Dakota, the Gophers lit it up again in the first half, hitting 17 of 25 shots (68 percent). Hollins was 5 for 6 from the floor with three 3-pointers.
Southern is the defending Southwest Athletic Conference regular-season champion but the Jaguars lost five of their top seven scorers. That talent disparity was evident against the Gophers, who were especially dominant inside. Minnesota’s senior centers Walker and Elliott Eliason combined to go 7 for 7 in the paint.