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Big Ten Tournament 2012, Northwestern vs. Minnesota: Andre Hollins Hot In First Half

The Minnesota Golden Gophers trail by two points at halftime of the first game in the 2012 Big Ten Tournament, but it isn't because the Gophers aren't connecting on offense. Missing their lone senior as Ralph Sampson III sits due to injury, the Gophers have simply been making mistakes young players make.

Andre Hollins hit four of his five three-point attempts in the first half on the way to 16 points to lead all scorers, but it wasn't enough to keep the Gophers from falling behind 36-34 at halftime. Part of that reason is because nobody else was able to consistently score for Minnesota in the first half, but their seven turnovers compared to just two for Northwestern didn't help, either.

The Wildcats were led by a familiar face as John Shurna scored 12 points -- all on 3-pointers -- while JerShon Cobb scored a team-high 14 points to go with a pair of steals.

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