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Minnesota Vs. Northwestern Final Score: Wildcats Win 64-53 As John Shurna Breaks Record

Down eight at the half, Minnesota didn't really stand a chance on John Shurna's special night in front of his home crowd at Welsh-Ryan Arena in Evanston, Illinois. Midway through the second half, Shurna broke the Northwestern all-time scoring record of 1,900.

The Golden Gophers shot better from long distance in the second half, but was just 9-for-27 overall, preventing them from chipping into their halftime deficit. Both teams were well over 50-percent shooting in the first half, but both shot just 33-percent in a sloppier second half that saw Minnesota turn it over another nine times, giving them 21 for the game.

Julian Welch scored a game-high 21 points and Joe Coleman added 12 for the Gophers.

Minnesota has lost three straight and now have three straight against Top 25 teams, so their chances at dancing are not very good right now.

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Photographs by Micah Taylor, clairity, and Fibonacci Blue used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.