Minnesota defeats Texas A&M-CC 65-44

The Gophers opened the second half on a 17-3 run and never looked back Saturday night.

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MINNEAPOLIS — Andre Hollins scored 18 points and Austin Hollins added 13 as Minnesota finished non-conference play with a 65-44 win over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Saturday night.

Minnesota (11-2) went on an 18-2 run early in the first half and remained in control despite stretches of sloppy play. The Gophers, who will host Michigan in the Big Ten opener on Thursday, shot 12 of 22 from the free-throw line and 37 percent from the field.

The Islanders trimmed Minnesota’s lead to nine on two different occasions and trailed 32-21 at halftime. Minnesota opened the second half on a 17-3 run and led 45-22 with 13:33 left to play after an Andre Hollins four-point play.

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Texas A&M-Corpus Christi has one NCAA tournament appearance in 12 years and has only won six games each of the past two seasons. After starting this season 3-2, the Islanders have now lost eight straight and are heading into their Southland conference opener on Thursday at Central Arkansas.