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    Northwestern Buries No. 12/14 Minnesota, 55-48

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    Jared Swopshire tallied a game-high 16 points in Wednesday's upset over No. 12/14 Minnesota.

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM
    Jared Swopshire tallied a game-high 16 points in Wednesday's upset over No. 12/14 Minnesota.
    NUSPORTSDOTCOM

    Jan. 23, 2013

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    Site: Evanston, Ill. (Welsh-Ryan Arena)
    Score: Northwestern 55, No. 12/14 Minnesota 48
    Records: NU (12-8, 3-4 Big Ten), Minnesota (15-4, 3-3 Big Ten)
    Next NU Event: Saturday, Jan. 26 -- at Nebraska (Lincoln, Neb.), 2 p.m.

    EVANSTON, Ill. -- An 18-4 second-half run led Northwestern to its second win over a ranked opponent in a seven-day span as the Wildcats took down No. 12/14 Minnesota 55-48 at Welsh-Ryan Arena Wednesday evening.

    Jared Swopshire led NU with 16 points and eight rebounds while Reggie Hearn added 13 and Tre Demps contributed 10 in his first start of the season.

    Swopshire got the Wildcats off to a good start as he scored eight early points, giving NU a 10-8 lead with 15:24 remaining.

    Following a Mike Turner dunk, Northwestern trailed by just one, 18-17, with seven minutes left in the opening stanza, but the Gophers scored eight of the next 10 points to extend their advantage to eight.

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    However, the Wildcats held Minnesota scoreless over the final 4:50 of the period and Demps' jumper beat the first-half buzzer at the hosts closed to within 27-24 at the break.

    Northwestern held the Gophers to 29 percent shooting (9-31) over the opening 20 minutes of play and Swopshire led all scorers with 10 points.

    Trailing 37-32 with 13 minutes, the Wildcats turned the game around with the switch to the 1-3-1 defense which gave Minnesota fits. Three straight steals resulted in a pair of three-point play opportunities for Reggie Hearn. He completed the opportunity on the second go-around, tying the game.

    After a Rodney Williams dunk, Alex Marcotullio gave NU its first lead since 12-11 when his 3-pointer made it 40-39 with 10:25 to go. Northwestern continued to get stops on the defensive end and Demps' rainbow triple out of the corner extended the advantage to four. Two free throws by Demps gave the 'Cats a 45-39 advantage with 6:27 left.

    Following a Joe Coleman jumper, Alex Olah scored on a turn-around basket and Swopshire hit a tough bucket before splitting two free throws to extend the lead to 50-41 with 4:34 remaining, capping the decisive 18-4 run.

    Minnesota would close to within four with 35 seconds to go following Andre Hollins' 3-pointer, but Hearn made three of four free throw attempts down the stretch to seal the win.

    NU limited the Gophers to 33.3 percent shooting (18-54) while forcing the visitors into 15 turnovers, including 10 in the second half. Minnesota's 48 points were by far its lowest total of the season, 18 points behind their previous low of 66 in a win over Stanford Nov. 24.

    Northwestern returns to action at 2 p.m. Saturday when it travels to Nebraska.

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