Andre Hollins, the leading scorer on the Gophers men's basketball team, feared the worst after he suffered a left ankle injury 16 seconds into Wednesday night's 81-68 win over No. 9 Wisconsin. Hollins, who averages 16.2 points, writhed in pain after coming down awkwardly on an opponent's foot after he sank his opening jump shot. The junior captain was helped off the Williams Arena court by team trainers but couldn't put weight on his left foot. "I was kind of worried at first because I couldn't move it initially," Hollins said after the game while on crutches and wearing a protective boot. "It was just the severity of me coming down with all my weight on my ankle, and it rolled over. So we'll wait to see about it in the morning." Gophers coach Richard Pitino said Hollins would receive an MRI on his left ankle Thursday morning. After trying to motivate some of his teammates at halftime, Hollins watched most of the rest of the game on television in the training room. "Of course, I wanted to be out there with my teammates," Hollins said. "But at the same time, I trust and believe in them. I go to battle with them every day, so I wasn't worried when I went out." Hollins said he's praying his injury isn't too serious. The All-Big Ten guard kept a smile on his face and tried to stay positive. Pitino said Tuesday that Hollins had been suffering from a toe injury that caused him to wear down late in games, including Sunday's 21-point loss at Iowa. Hollins, who was held to just two of his 20 points in the second half against the Hawkeyes, said the ankle injury was on that same foot. "It's been bothering me," Hollins said. "I hurt it in the Penn State game, but I've been fighting through it. It hasn't been too bad. It's just one of those nagging injuries."
Andre Hollins trusts teammates after early ankle injury
St. Paul Pioneer Press | Jan 23