Slow Start Dooms Wildcats

An abysmal start would doom Northwestern at Williams Arena. The Wildcats found themselves with a deep deficit in the opening minutes, and could not climb back. Minnesota earned a 23-point win over NU.

Northwestern (12-6, 2-5), dug itself a gigantic hole in the opening eight minutes, and was unable to fight back. Led by a steady shooting display, Minnesota downed the Wildcats, 75-52.

The Wildcats did not register a point in the opening 7:49, which included 14 straight misses to start the game. Minnesota jumped to a 21-4 lead in the opening 11 minutes of the game.

NU would cut its deficit to 14 points—twice in the second half—but that would be the closest it would come.

Minnesota was led by a balanced offensive attack which featured five players in double-figure scoring. Joe Coleman led the Gophers with 16 points. As a team, Minnesota shot 57.7 percent from the field.

Senior forward John Shurna led all scorers with 21 points, but that performance came on 8-21 from the field, and 3-9 from beyond the arc. Alex Marcotullio was the only other Wildcat in double-figures, finishing with 11 points, that coming after he missed Wednesday's game with Wisconsin while recovering from a concussion.

Northwestern faces six days before its next game, when a reeling Purdue team travels to Welsh-Ryan Arena. Tipoff is set for 3:00 CT on Saturday.

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