Boxscore
Northwestern 64, Minnesota 53
Saturday, February 18, 2012 7:00 PM
Location - Welsh-Ryan Arena, Evanston, Illinois
Officials - Scott Thornley, Gerald Williams, Terry Wymer
Attendance - 7522

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 T
Minnesota 28 25 53
Northwestern 36 28 64

Recap


NORTHWESTERN 64, MINNESOTA 53: Dave Sobolewski scored 22 points and John Shurna added 18 to become Northwestern's all-time leading scorer as the host Wildcats prevailed in a key Big Ten Conference game between potential NCAA bubble teams.

Shurna, who has 1,902 career points, passed Billy McKinney's mark of 1,900 which stood for 35 years as Northwestern (16-10, 6-8 Big Ten) snapped a two-game losing streak.

Minnesota (17-10, 5-9), which lost its third straight game, saw its NCAA Tournament hopes take a major hit. Julian Welch led the Golden Gophers with 21 points and Joe Coleman added 12.

Both teams came out hot in the first half as Minnesota shot 57 percent and Northwestern 56. The Gophers trailed 36-28 at halftime largely because of 12 first-half turnovers.

The second half saw both teams shoot only 33 percent as Minnesota could only get as close as seven before Northwestern sealed the game by making 11 of 16 from the free throw line in the final 20 minutes. 
 
GAME NOTEBOOK:
Shurna, who blocked four shots, ranks third on Northwestern's all-time list with 124. ... Minnesota, the Big Ten's top shot blocking team each of the past three seasons and again this year averaging 5.2 per game, blocked only two. ... Minnesota finished with 21 turnovers compared to Northwestern's 10. ... The Gophers dominated the boards 41-20, including 17 offensive rebounds.

Minnesota Golden Gophers

  REBOUNDS  
PLAYER MIN FGM-A 3GM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT A PF STL TO BLK PTS
Oto Osenieks 21:00 1-5 0-2 2-5 2 3 5 3 4 1 3 1 4
Ralph Sampson III 18:00 2-5 0-0 0-0 1 1 2 0 2 0 2 0 4
Julian Welch 34:00 7-12 5-10 2-2 1 4 5 5 2 2 3 0 21
Rodney Williams 34:00 4-12 0-1 1-2 2 6 8 1 1 0 4 1 9
Elliott Eliason 13:00 0-1 0-0 0-2 3 2 5 0 1 0 0 1 0
Austin Hollins 22:00 0-4 0-2 0-0 1 3 4 2 2 1 2 0 0
Andre Hollins 13:00 1-3 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 1 4 1 1 0 2
Joe Coleman 29:00 6-7 0-0 0-0 2 3 5 1 1 0 2 0 12
Andre Ingram 1:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0
Chip Armelin 11:00 0-1 0-0 1-2 0 2 2 1 0 1 0 0 1
Maverick Ahanmisi 4:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 200 21-50 5-17 6-13 12 24 36 14 19 6 18 3 53
  42.0% 29.4% 46.2% Team Rebs: 6   Total TO: 18

Northwestern Wildcats

  REBOUNDS  
PLAYER MIN FGM-A 3GM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT A PF STL TO BLK PTS
Reggie Hearn 32:00 2-7 0-3 2-2 0 3 3 2 2 0 2 0 6
JerShon Cobb 24:00 0-3 0-3 2-2 1 4 5 0 1 5 2 0 2
Drew Crawford 33:00 4-8 2-6 1-2 0 0 0 3 1 1 2 0 11
John Shurna 37:00 7-15 3-7 1-2 1 5 6 5 2 3 0 5 18
Dave Sobolewski 35:00 6-10 4-5 6-8 0 1 1 1 4 0 0 0 22
Davide Curletti 20:00 1-1 0-0 0-2 2 1 3 2 1 0 1 0 2
Alex Marcotullio 18:00 1-4 1-4 0-0 1 1 2 1 4 0 1 0 3
Nick Fruendt 1:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 200 21-48 10-28 12-18 5 15 20 14 15 9 8 5 64
  43.8% 35.7% 66.7% Team Rebs: 2   Total TO: 8
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