Northwestern rallies past Minnesota 77-74 in OT

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EVANSTON, Ill. (AP)—John Shurna scored 22 points, Drew Crawford added 18 points and nine rebounds, and Northwestern rallied from 13 down in the second half to beat struggling Minnesota 77-74 in overtime on Sunday.

Down three in overtime, the Wildcats (17-8, 6-7 Big Ten) scored nine straight points to make it 68-62. They also converted 9-of-10 free throws in the extra period and tied the program’s regular season wins record after dropping three of their previous five.

Lawrence Westbrook led Minnesota (14-10, 5-7) with 22 points, but the Golden Gophers lost for the seventh time in 10 games and saw their postseason hopes take another blow.

Minnesota was leading 62-59 after a 3-pointer by Blake Hoffarber early in the extra period, but Michael Thompson answered with one of his own, sparking the 9-0 run.

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Lawrence Westbrook Lawrence Westbrook
8-17,  22 Pts
5 Rebs, 3 Assists
Drew Crawford Drew Crawford
7-13,  18 Pts
9 Rebs, 4 Assists

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