The five-game winning streak is the longest of the season and the longest since 2001 when NU won six straight.
The win improves NU to 9-4, giving head coach Bill Carmody his best season start in six seasons at Northwestern. It also marks the best start for NU since the 1998-99 season.
The 'Cats are now 2-0 in the Big Ten for the first time since the 1982-83 season. NU last started 3-0 back in 1968 and 4-0 in 1967.
Northwestern has now won four-straight over Minnesota, a feat not accomplished by NU since the 1930's.
The win at Williams Arena is the second in as many years and just the third since 1986.
Northwestern's defense: Held the Golden Gophers to six field goals and 18 points in the first half, the fewest given up in a half this season by the Wildcats ... held Minnesota to 49 total points, the fewest scored by the Gophers since Feb. 21, 2004 (47 vs. Purdue) ... held Minnesota's leading scorer Vincent Grier (18.6 ppg) scoreless in the first half. Grier finished with 15 points, but had only six with 2 and 1/2 minutes remaining. NU is giving up just 45.4 points per game over their five-game streak.
Craig Moore, who finished with a season-high 15 points, equaled his previous high with 12 points, all on three-pointers, in the first half.
Sterling Williams recorded a season-high 15 points and hit 4-of-5 from the line. He is averaging 9.3 points over his last three games.
Sterling Williams hit his first three-pointer of the season at the 19:08 mark in the second half.
Vedran Vukusic finished with a game-high 17 points. He has now led the 'Cats in scoring in all but one game this year.
The Wildcats had three players score in double-figures for the third time this season.
NU has now held 11 of its 13 opponents under 60 points.
NU is now 7-0 when shooting 45 percent or better from the field and 8-1 when they shoot better than the opposition.