Northwestern 75, Minnesota 65
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
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.