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Northwestern vs. Minnesota final score: Gophers pulls away for 69-51 win

A strong second half effort helped Minnesota pull away from Northwestern and stay undefeated in Big Ten play.

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The Minnesota Golden Gophers increased their winning streak to 10 games with a 69-51 victory over the Northwestern Wildcats 69-51 on Sunday night. The Gophers are now 14-1 overall and 2-0 in Big Ten play.

Both teams struggled to score in the first half, and Minnesota led just 17-14 at halftime. The Gophers picked up their scoring after the break, and a 52-point outburst over the final 20 minutes helped them pull away from the Wildcats. Northwestern's offense also became more effective after halftime, but it was not able to match the pace set by Minnesota.

Andre Hollins led all scorers with 23 points on 7-of-11 shooting and was the only Gophers player to reach double figures. Twelve different Minnesota players scored in the game. As a team, the Gophers shot 50 percent from the field.

Reggie Hearn led Northwestern with 11 points, while Tre Demps and Dave Sobolewski both scored 10. The Wildcats shot 39.2 percent from the field as a team.

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