To add to their free throw numbers, the Gophers shot 53.3% from the field, while holding Northwestern to just 37.5% from the field.
Minnesota was finished with five scorers in double-figures, led by senior guard %%MATCH_2%%'s 20 points. %%MATCH_4%% also finished with a double-double of 18 points and 14 rebounds.
The Wildcats finished the half on an 18-4 run.
Alex Marcotullio would drain another three in the first seconds of the second half, giving Northwestern a four-point lead. After that, fouls would cost the Wildcats. Minnesota shot 24-35 from the free throw line in the second half alone.
Meanwhile, Northwestern's foul trouble kept them out of rythem, preventing a comeback.
The Golden Gophers extended their lead to double-digits, and would not look back.
Following the loss, Northwestern has yet another tough challenge waiting for them. The Wildcats will take on top-ranked %%MATCH_6%% on Saturday at Welsh-Ryan Arena. Tipoff is set for 6:00 CT.