Scores

Final

Northwestern 53

(17-13, 8-10 Big Ten)

Minnesota 66

(22-9, 9-9 Big Ten)

    12:00 PM ET, March 12, 2009

    Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana

    1 2 T
    NW 25 2853
    MINN 31 3566

    Top Performers

    Northwestern: K. Coble 21 Pts, 6 Reb, 1 Ast

    Minnesota: R. Sampson III 9 Pts, 6 Reb, 2 Ast, 5 Blk

    Minnesota beats Northwestern to advance to Big Ten quarterfinals

    Associated Press

    INDIANAPOLIS -- Lawrence Westbrook scored all 14 of his points in the second half and Minnesota defeated Northwestern 66-53 on Thursday in the first round of the Big Ten tournament.

    Ralph Sampson III had nine points, six rebounds and five blocks for the Golden Gophers (22-9).

    Kevin Coble scored 21 points for Northwestern (17-13), but just two in the second half. Craig Moore, the team's No. 2 scorer during the regular season, finished with eight points on 3-for-16 shooting.

    The Wildcats had won three of four, including a victory at No. 24 Purdue, and they felt they needed a win over Minnesota to make a strong case to the NCAA selection committee for a chance at an at-large berth. Instead, they shot 33 percent in one of their worst offensive games of the season.

    Minnesota advanced to play top-seeded Michigan State in the quarterfinals Friday.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    NW
    MINN
    Points 53 66
    FG Made-Attempted 17-52 (.327) 21-48 (.438)
    3P Made-Attempted 8-25 (.320) 4-19 (.211)
    FT Made-Attempted 11-15 (.733) 20-26 (.769)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 23 (0/0) 19 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 2 14

    2008-09 Season

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