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

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.