Williams leads Minnesota past Miami 78-60 in NIT

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CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) -- Rodney Williams scored 21 points to lead Minnesota to a 78-60 victory over Miami in a second round NIT game Monday night.

The Gophers never trailed after starting the game on a 12-0 run. Williams scored 16 in the first half.

Minnesota (21-14) advances to the quarterfinals at Middle Tennessee on Wednesday night. The Blue Raiders efeated Tennessee earlier Monday.

The Gophers expanded a 35-23 lead at halftime with a 15-2 spurt early in the second half. Andre Hollins hit consecutive 3-pointers and Andre Ingram's putback with 12:22 remaining ended the surge and gave Minnesota a 56-33 lead.

Hollins and Joe Coleman finished with 14 points each for the Gophers.

Rion Brown scored 16 points for Miami (20-13).