Richmond, Va. -- Junior guard Andre Hollins sparked a decisive second-half surge that propelled Minnesota to a 74-59 victory over Richmond on Saturday night at Robins Center.
The Gophers (3-0) trailed by four points with under eight minutes to play, but ended the game with a 19-0 run. The Spiders (2-1) missed their last 10 shots, nine of them from 3-point range.
Hollins scored a game-high 26 points for Minnesota, guards Austin Hollins and Malik Smith each added 11 and forward Joey King had 10.
Guard Cedrick Lindsay scored 15 points for Richmond.
Minnesota came out gunning in the opening minutes, starting the game with a 12-0 run that was bookended by 3-pointers from Austin and Andre Hollins, who are not related.
Richmond didn't score until Kendall Anthony made a 3-pointer with 16:43 to play in the first half.
The Gophers led, 22-11 and 27-17, later in the half, but the Spiders slowly crawled back into the game. They cut the deficit to three on a layup by Deion Taylor with 5:22 to go and trailed 29-28 after Lindsay scored 16 seconds later.
Minnesota went up 37-36 when Taylor converted a 3-point play with 1:47 to go, but Andre Hollins made two free throws with 30 seconds left to send the Gophers into the locker room with a 40-37 lead.
Richmond pushed ahead early in the second half, going up 48-45 on a layup by Alonzo Nelson Ododa with 14:54 remaining and 50-47 on a jumper by Lindsay with 14:02 left.
The Spiders led 59-55 with 7:27 to play, but Minnesota stormed back, outscoring Richmond 19-0 over the final 7:12.