MINNEAPOLIS (AP)—Lawrence Westbrook snapped to life with 15 of Minnesota’s final 18 points, accounting for all of his scoring of the the night, and the Gophers propped up their sagging NCAA tournament resume with a 51-46 victory over Wisconsin on Wednesday.
Marcus Landry’s 18 points weren’t enough for the Badgers (18-11, 9-8 Big Ten), who blew another late lead—the story of their January until getting back on track last month. They missed their final six field goals after building a 46-41 edge and lost for the eighth time this season when holding a lead in the final six minutes.
On consecutive possessions, Westbrook muscled in driving layups in the typical traffic the Badgers create around the basket. Then he sank a pair of free throws with 29 seconds remaining. The Gophers gained possession after a frantic set by Wisconsin resulted in a pair of missed shots and eventually a turnover on the ensuing loose ball.