Updated: 03/14/2014 9:31 AM KSTP.com
Minnesota guard Andre Hollins (1) battles for the possession of the ball against Penn State guards D.J. Newbill and Geno Thorpe (13) in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in the first round of the Big Ten Conference tournament.
Photo: Photo: AP/Michael Conroy
Austin Hollins scored 18 points, Deandre Mathieu added 13 and Andre Hollins hit a late 3-pointer Thursday to give Minnesota a badly needed 63-56 win over Penn State in the Big Ten tournament.
The seventh-seeded Golden Gophers (20-12) advanced to Friday night's quarterfinal against No. 12 Wisconsin with their third win in four games.
Tenth-seeded Penn State (15-17) had a miserable night shooting, making only 32.2 percent from the field. D.J. Newbill had 16 points and senior Tim Frazier added 11. Penn State heads home from Indianapolis after losing for the third time in four games.
Minnesota took control quickly with a 9-0 lead and never trailed.
Penn State got within three just before halftime and within 58-54 with 2:35 to go, but Andre Hollins made a free throw and hit the 3 in the final minute to close it out. He finished with nine points.
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