MINNEAPOLIS – Austin Hollins hit five three-pointers during an impressive three-minute stretch in the second half, finishing with 19 points and sparking ninth-ranked Minnesota to a 69-51 victory over Northwestern on Sunday night.
Hollins missed his career scoring high by one, collecting 17 points during a 26-7 run that gave the Gophers a 45-25 lead. Minnesota (14-1, 2-0 Big Ten) has won 10 in a row for its longest winning streak since it opened the 2008-09 season with 12 straight victories.
Dave Sobolewski had 10 points, five assists and four steals for the Wildcats (9-6, 0-2), who were outrebounded 47-20. That’s the fewest rebounds by a Gophers opponent all season.
Snider grad Reggie Hearn returned for Northwestern after missing two games because of a sprained left ankle, finishing with 11 points. But the Wildcats, missing star Drew Crawford because of season-ending shoulder surgery, couldn’t keep up down the stretch.
No. 6 KANSAS 69, TEMPLE 62: In Lawrence, Kan., Kevin Young had 16 points, hitting four critical free throws down the stretch, and the Jayhawks earned their 11th straight win.
Travis Releford added 14 points on 5 for 5 shooting, none of his baskets bigger than a three-pointer from the wing with 34.9 seconds left. With the shot-clock winding down, Releford’s shot gave Kansas a 65-58 lead, essentially turning away its Atlantic 10 foe.
Ben McLemore added 13 points Kansas (12-1).
No. 7 SYRACUSE 55, SOUTH FLORIDA 44: In Tampa, Fla., Brandon Triche had 20 points and James Southerland scored 12 of his 17 in the second half to help the Orange overcome a slow start and win their Big East road opener.
C.J. Fair had 10 points and 10 rebounds for Syracuse (14-1, 2-0), which won for the fourth straight time.
South Florida (9-4, 0-1) trimmed what had been an 11-point deficit to 47-42 with six minutes remaining, however the Bulls were held to one basket the rest of the way.
No. 13 FLORIDA 79, YALE 58: In New Haven, Conn., Kenny Boynton matched his career high with 28 points on 8-for-10 shooting from three-point range and the Gators used a 26-3 run spanning the halves to beat the Bulldogs.
Will Yeguette had 14 points and Mike Rosario added 13 for the Gators (10-2), whose losses were to No. 3 Arizona and No. 25 Kansas State. Florida shot 60 percent from the field for the game (30 for 50), including 9 of 17 from three-point range.
Justin Sears had 15 points and Javier Duren added 14 for the Bulldogs (5-11), who have lost four of five.