Scores

Final

Northwestern 45

(14-11, 5-9 Big Ten)

Minnesota 72

(20-7, 8-7 Big Ten)

    7:00 PM ET, February 22, 2009

    1 2 T
    NW 18 2745
    MINN 36 3672

    Top Performers

    Northwestern: J. Shurna 9 Pts, 6 Reb, 1 Blk

    Minnesota: L. Westbrook 17 Pts, 1 Stl

    Minnesota 72, Northwestern 45

    Associated Press

    MINNEAPOLIS -- Lawrence Westbrook made four three-pointers and scored 17 points to lead Minnesota to an easy 72-45 victory Sunday over Northwestern.

    With the victory, Minnesota (20-7, 8-7 Big Ten) snapped a two-game losing streak and regained some much-needed momentum in its quest to earn a NCAA tournament invitation.

    Northwestern (14-11, 5-9) struggled offensively from the start and were limited to a season-low 14 field goals. Kevin Coble and Craig Moore, who combined for 42 points in Northwestern's win over Minnesota earlier this season, were limited to five and three points respectfully.

    A Minnesota team that had lost four of its past five games pulled away from the Wildcats late in the first half. The Gophers closed the first half on a 20-5 run and led 36-18 at the break.

    John Shurna and Jeremy Nash each scored nine points to lead Northwestern. Devron Bostick came off of the bench to add nine points for Minnesota.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    NW
    MINN
    Points 45 72
    FG Made-Attempted 14-46 (.304) 22-43 (.512)
    3P Made-Attempted 6-19 (.316) 7-16 (.438)
    FT Made-Attempted 11-17 (.647) 21-27 (.778)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 23 (0/0) 19 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 3 28

    2008-09 Season

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