Minnesota 35 43 78
Miafla 23 37 60
Date of game: 3/19/2012

Recap: Miami-Florida vs. Minnesota

Coral Gables, FL (Sports Network) - Rodney Williams paced all scorers with 21 points as the sixth-seeded Minnesota Golden Gophers defeated the second-seeded Miami-Florida Hurricanes 78-60 in the second round of the National Invitation Tournament at BankUnited Center.

Andre Hollins and Joe Coleman scored 14 points apiece for Minnesota (21-14), while Julian Welch added 13 points to the mix.

For Miami (20-13), Rion Brown netted 16 points and Reggie Johnson chipped in with 10 points.

Minnesota set the tone early by opening the game on a 12-0 run and by eventually taking a 35-23 lead into halftime. It connected on 60.9 percent of its field goals in the opening stanza.

The Golden Gophers' success continued after the break, draining 14-of-25 (56.0 percent) from the floor as they cruised to the victory.

The Hurricanes shot just 34.4 percent from the field for the game, including an atrocious 4-of-25 from three-point range.

Minnesota advances to the quarterfinals on Wednesday to take on fourth-seeded Middle Tennessee.

Game Notes

Illinois State rallies into FCS title game

If ever there was doubt about the Missouri Valley Football Conference being the top conference in the FCS, Illinois State provided a reminder on Saturday.

Lions clinch playoff spot

Landover, MD (Sports Network) - The Detroit Lions clinched a playoff spot on Saturday due to the Philadelphia Eagles' loss to the Washington Redskins.

Giants acquire McGehee from Marlins

The San Francisco Giants have acquired infielder Casey McGehee from the Miami Marlins in exchange for minor league pitchers Kendry Flores and Luis Castillo.

Anthony to play in Knicks-Suns tilt

New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony will play in Saturday's game against the Phoenix Suns after sitting out the team's previous outing due to soreness in his left knee.

Vancouver's Hansen collapses on bench

Vancouver Canucks forward Jannik Hansen collapsed on the bench during the second period of Saturday's game against the Calgary Flames and had to be helped to the locker room.

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