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Men's basketball: Gophers advance to NIT finals


By Marcus R. Fuller

St. Paul Pioneer Press

NEW YORK — New York Knicks players had to be jealous watching how hot the Gophers were from three-point range in the first half of Tuesday night’s NIT semifinal at Madison Square Garden.

They hit four straight shots from beyond the arc and finished with seven three-pointers in the first half to take a 10-point halftime lead against Florida State.

Minnesota couldn’t keep up that shooting for long.

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