Foul Play

Seeking a road upset against #16 Minnesota, Northwestern came up short, falling to the Golden Gophers, 81-70.

The game was won at the free throw line. %%MATCH_7%% shot 31-46 from the charity stripe, while needless to say, %%MATCH_5%%'s 31 fouls caught up to them. Every Wildcat who played more than one minute finished with at least three fouls.

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 appeared to be in trouble, down 13 points at the midway point of the first half. However, the Wildcats responded. A rally was sparked by %%MATCH_3%%'s pair of three-pointers, which would ignite a comeback. Down by two with second remaining till halftime, Alex Marcotullio drained a three-pointer, giving Northwestern a 34-33 lead going into the break.

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.

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