Minnesota 69, Northwestern 51
Sunday, January 6, 2013 7:00 PM
Williams Arena, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Bill Ek, Tom O'Neill, Mike Sanzere
Final Scoring Summary
No. 13 Minnesota 69, Northwestern 51: Junior guard Austin Hollins scored 19 points - highlighted by five consecutive 3-pointers during a 3-minute span midway through the second half - to lead the host Golden Gophers to their 10th straight win.
Forward Trevor Mbakwe grabbed 11 rebounds to go along with four blocks and as many points for Minnesota (14-1, 2-0 Big Ten), which finished with a massive 45-20 rebounding edge, including 20 on the offensive end.
Senior guard Reggie Hearn scored 11 points and Dave Sobolewski added 10 for Northwestern (9-6, 0-2), which kept it close for a little more than a half by running off approximately 30 seconds on each possession. That combined with poor shooting helped result in a first half that saw the two teams combine for just 31 points as the Gophers grinded out a 17-14 halftime lead.
The Wildcats closed to within one point, 19-18, on a layup by Sobolewski with 16:51 remaining before the Gophers broke the game open with a 26-7 run - capped by five consecutive treys by Hollins.
Forward Rodney Williams added nine points, five rebounds and two steals for the Gophers, who shot 46.2 percent (6-for-13) from 3-point range and led by as many as 20 points late in the second half.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Williams became the 38th player in Minnesota history to reach 1,000 points in a career. ... Hearn, who missed the last two games with an ankle injury, returned to the starting lineup for Northwestern. ... The loss was Northwestern's first in four games away from Welsh-Ryan Arena this season.
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