Scores

Final

Minnesota 65

(17-14, 6-12 Big Ten)

Northwestern 75

(18-12, 7-11 Big Ten)

    Coverage: ESPN2/WatchESPN

    2:30 PM ET, March 10, 2011

    Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana

    1 2 T
    MINN 30 3565
    NW 32 4375

    Top Performers

    Minnesota: T. Mbakwe 19 Pts, 11 Reb, 1 Ast, 2 Stl, 3 Blk

    Northwestern: M. Thompson 35 Pts, 4 Reb, 4 Ast, 1 Stl

    Michael Thompson nets tourney-record 35 as Northwestern beats Minnesota

    Associated Press

    INDIANAPOLIS -- Michael Thompson scored a tournament-record 35 points and Drew Crawford added 15 Thursday, leading Northwestern to a 75-65 victory over Minnesota in the first round of the Big Ten tournament.

    Northwestern (18-12) now faces No. 1 Ohio State (29-2) in the first game of Friday's quarterfinals.

    Minnesota (17-14) has lost 10 of its last 11. The Gophers were led by Trevor Mbakwe with 19 points and Ralph Sampson III with 12.

    But it was Thompson who stole the show by breaking the tourney scoring record of 33 set by Purdue's Brian Cardinal.

    The Wildcats turned the game with a quick flurry midway through the second half. It started with Alex Marcotullio's 3-pointer, and the 13-1 run ended when Marcotullio put in a layup to make it 55-45 with 8:57 left.

    It's the third time in 18 years Tubby Smith did not win at least one conference tournament game.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    MINN
    NW
    Points 65 75
    FG Made-Attempted 21-56 (.375) 24-57 (.421)
    3P Made-Attempted 5-15 (.333) 9-31 (.290)
    FT Made-Attempted 18-26 (.692) 18-23 (.783)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 20 (0/0) 21 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 3 16

    2010-11 Season

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    Jan 26, 2011 @MINN 81, NW 70Recap
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    Research Notes

    Michael Thompson of Northwestern set the Big Ten scoring record today in a win vs Minnesota with 35 points. For historical context, keep in mind that this tournament has only been played since 1998.
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