The Minnesota Golden Gopher men's basketball team snapped a seven-game losing streak on Wednesday night, defeating Northwestern 51-46 in an opening-round matchup in the Big Ten Tournament.
The Gophers got off to a great start, opening the game with a 16-2 run. Minnesota raced out to a 27-20 halftime lead thanks to the play of Jamal Mashburn Jr., who had 11 points on the night.
Northwestern mounted a comeback in the second half and took their first game of the lead with seven minutes remaining. The Wildcats built a six-point lead with four minutes remaining, but the Gophers battled back and took a three-point lead with 1:12 to go.
While Marcus Carr had a rough night, he hit a couple of key buckets down the stretch as part of a 12-0 run to end the game and seal the victory.
The Gophers (14-14) will face Ohio State in a second-round matchup l at 1 p.m. on Thursday.