MINNEAPOLIS When the dust had settled on Friday's 72-36 win over American University, Austin Hollins was the first Gophers player to be ambushed by the media in Minnesota's locker room.
And why not? The junior guard scored a career-high 20 points to help the Gophers win their regular-season opener at Williams Arena. So as Hollins answered questions about his career night, his teammates took the opportunity to snap pictures with their cell phones to document Hollins' moment in the sun.
"It definitely feels good," Hollins said of his 20-point effort (and perhaps of the adulation from his teammates, too). "It's good to get the win, too."
At halftime of Friday's win, Hollins had single-handedly outscored the visiting Eagles, 15-14. He owed much of his first-half success to his defense, something that's always been a staple of his game. Hollins finished with five steals, and he turned several of those into points the other way.
The Gophers' defense as a whole was swarming from the f...