MINNEAPOLIS — Andre Hollins scored 24 points as Minnesota defeated Southern 85-57 on 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.