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Big Ten Tournament, Minnesota Vs. Michigan Halftime Score: Gophers Lead In First Half

The Minnesota Golden Gophers were able to upset the Northwestern Wildcats in overtime during the first half of Thursday's 2012 Big Ten Torunament opener. They're brewing another upset on Friday night, too, holding a three-point lead over the Michigan Wolverines at halftime.

The Gophers were able to get off to an excellent start, leading 13-4 nine minutes into the game, but the Wolverines rebounded to close the gap to 23-20 at halftime. Minnesota didn't necessarily let up, but foul trouble to starting bigs Rodney Williams and Elliott Eliason didn't help.

Williams and Austin Hollins scored eight points apiece in the first half while Thursday's hero, Andre Hollins, had a solid seven points. Michigan was led by Trey Burke as the Big Ten Freshman of the Year scored 13 of the team's 20 points in the first half.

For more on the Minnesota Golden Gophers, check out The Daily Gopher. You can also learn more about college basketball around the nation at SB Nation's College Basketball hub.

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