Originally posted on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 12/9/12
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Andre Hollins scored 14 points, and No. 14 Minnesota defeated Southern California 71-57 on Saturday night, giving coach Tubby Smith his 500th career victory. Rodney Williams added 13 points and 11 rebounds, and Trevor Mbakwe had 12 points for the Gophers (10-1), who led all the way in winning their sixth in a row on their first trip to play USC in Los Angeles since Dec. 29, 1980. Smith became the 19th active Division I coach to reach that win mark. Reserve Omar Oraby scored all of his 15 points in the second half to lead USC (3-6). Byron Wesley added 13 points and Jio Fontan had nine. Dewayne Dedmon grabbed 10 rebounds. The Trojans have lost five in a row and six of seven. USC cut its deficit to single digits for the first time in the second half on a basket by Oraby with 5:41 remaining. He struggled at the line, making just 1 of 5 free throws. That was the closest the Trojans came as Hollins scored six of the Gophers' final 10 points. USC committed 17 turnovers, went 1 of 11 from 3-point range and got beat on the boards 40-32. The Gophers had 10 steals, although they had 15 miscues. The Gophers raced to a 23-10 lead, including the game's first nine points, before the slow-starting Trojans played them nearly evenly the rest of the first half. Fontan made 5 of 6 free throws as USC closed the half by outscoring the Gophers 16-15 to trail 38-26.
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