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Gophers Knock Bows Out Of NIT

(Minneapolis-AP) -- The season has ended for the University of Hawaii men's basketball team. Maurice Hargrow scored 22 points to lead Minnesota to an 84-70 win over Hawaii Monday in the second round of the National Invitation Tournament.

Ben Johnson scored a season-high 18 points for the Gophers, who advanced to the NIT quarterfinals against the winner of Tuesday's Temple-Rhode Island game.

Minnesota used its size advantage, outrebounding the smaller Rainbow Warriors 39-22. UH got 20 points from Michael Kuebler and 18 from Carl English. Phil Martin added 13 points for Warriors, which stayed mostly on the outside.

The Warriors led by four at halftime and extended their lead to 50-41 on a three-pointer by Kuebler early in the second half. But the Gophers got charged up, swatting shots, taking the ball strong to the basket and muscling their way to loose balls.

They went on a 26-6 run that gave Minnesota a 67-56 lead with seven minutes go and never gave up the lead.

- NIT Scoreboard
- NIT Bracket

 

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.) APNP-03-24-03 1727HST

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