Northwestern started out hot, taking a seven-point lead past the midway point of the first half. But Tubby Smith and the Gophers switched over to a zone defense, which helped contain the Northwestern offensive attack. After that, Minnesota went on a 10-0 run, which gave the Gophers a 24-21 lead. Both teams settled in for the remainder of the second half, with Northwestern taking the two-point lead into the locker room.
The Wildcats are playing shorthanded, having three players out for the game. Alex Marcotullio found his way into the starting shooting guard position, filling in for Mike Capocci, who was filling in for usual starter Jershon Cobb. Marcotullio finished the first half with five points on 2-3 from the field.
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