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Hollins helps Minnesota top No. 20 Wisconsin 58-53
MINNESOTA 58, WISCONSIN 53

By DAVE CAMPBELL
AP Sports Writer

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Andre Hollins had a talk with the boss. Over
lunch, coach Tubby Smith reminded his streaky sophomore point
guard which shots the Gophers want and how they need him to run
their offense.



One day later, Hollins made clear he was listening.



Hollins hit the go-ahead 3-pointer midway through overtime to
finish with 21 points and lead Minnesota to a 58-53 victory over
No. 20 Wisconsin on Thursday night, the third straight overtime
game for the Badgers.



"We gutted this one out," Hollins said.



Austin Hollins added 11 points for the Gophers (18-7, 6-6 Big
Ten), who held the Badgers without a basket for 11 minutes until
Jared Berggren's putback with 10 seconds left in the extra
period. Andre Hollins went 4 for 4 from the free-throw line over
the final 18 seconds of overtime to seal it.



"He's asked to do a lot. Handle the ball. Score for us.
Defending the opposing team's quickest player, usually," Smith
said. "He's really growing up and doing a lot of good things.
That's what it's all about."



The Gophers avenged a 45-44 loss at Wisconsin last month when
Rodney Williams, who had 10 points and five rebounds in this
one, missed the back end of a 1-and-1 with 1.8 seconds left.
Over these two games, Andre Hollins had 41 of Minnesota's 102
points.



Sam Dekker scored 14 points and Ben Brust added 11 for the
Badgers (17-8, 8-4). They were 7 for 28 from 3-point range,
negating their 18 offensive rebounds, and scored a total of four
points over the last 10-plus minutes of the game. They didn't
score for 8:48, a run that lasted well into overtime, and Ryan
Evans missed all five free throws he took in that stretch.



"He just makes his free throws, we're out of here. We're on the
plane already," coach Bo Ryan said of Evans, whose season
percentage fell to 40.3. "Come on. What am I going to do with
the guy? You knew it was going to us one game. Hopefully not
two."



Mike Bruesewitz, the bushy-haired senior who grew up in
Minnesota, had a hand in the loss, too. After missed a long
3-pointer, he drew a charge against Austin Hollins with 22.6
seconds left on the other end to get the ball back for the
Badgers with a two-point lead. But on the inbounds play, he
moved his feet and was called for a violation.



"My fault. Messed it up," Bruesewitz said. "I knew I shouldn't
have moved.



The Gophers regained possession, Joe Coleman made both free
throws with 17.4 seconds to tie it, and Traevon Jackson's runner
in the lane bricked off the back rim.



"It was our defensive pressure. It's hard when you're trying to
make something happen and someone's in your face," Andre Hollins
said of Bruesewitz's blunder.



Hollins hit his big shot with 3:38 remaining to give the Gophers
a 52-49 lead. Trevor Mbakwe, who grabbed two huge rebounds in
the closing minutes, tacked on two free throws to stretch the
lead to five with 1:32 left.



"They frustrate you a little bit, but we're tough mentally,"
Mbakwe said. "We knew that was going to be a grind-out game,
just like it was in Madison."



The Badgers were brimming with momentum, after beating then-No.
3 Michigan last weekend when Brust made a half-court shot to tie
the game at the end of regulation. That came on the heels of the
double-overtime win over Iowa. And not that long ago, they went
to Indiana and came away with a five-point victory.



Cracking The Associated Press Top 25 for the first time since
mid-November, Wisconsin was in position to keep moving up and
sweep rival Minnesota for the second straight season. But the
Badgers, who didn't trail until 13:48 remained in the game, blew
an opportunity to break it open early. They smothered the
Gophers over the first 10-plus minutes, allowing only four
points and holding them scoreless for nearly 6 1/2 minutes.



The pace was predictably slow and the score was expectedly low,
as most games these Badgers play go, but the Gophers gave them a
taste of their own medicine with some stingy defense of their
own.



The Gophers needed to win this in the worst way, after losing
six of their last eight games and falling into sixth place in
the conference. Ranked as high as eighth in the AP poll just one
month ago, they've found themselves with a lot of work to do
down the stretch to secure that NCAA tournament spot.



Right before the half, the Gophers made their move. Austin
Hollins soared into the lane to pull down a rebound of Coleman's
miss with one hand and flip a put-back in off the glass to cut
the lead to five. Andre Hollins followed with a stutter-step
launch from the top of the key with 8 seconds left that brought
Minnesota within 24-22.



"They wanted it. But we had to have it," Smith said.

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