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    Northwestern Edged by Minnesota in Overtime, 75-68

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM JerShon Cobb scored 14 of his career-high 24 points in the first half.
    JerShon Cobb scored 14 of his career-high 24 points in the first half.

    March 8, 2012

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    Site: Indianapolis, Ind. (Bankers Life Fieldhouse)
    Score: Minnesota 75, Northwestern 68 (OT)
    Records: NU (18-13), Minnesota (19-13)

    INDIANAPOLIS -- JerShon Cobb posted career highs of 24 points and eight rebounds and John Shurna added 21 points, but Northwestern was out-scored 14-7 in overtime as it was eliminated from the Big Ten tournament with a 75-68 loss to Minnesota Thursday evening at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

    NU led 61-57 with 4:06 remaining in regulation following four straight points by Cobb, but the Wildcats were unable to score again throughout the remainder of the second half. Julian Welch scored with 2:29 left before Andre Hollins scored on a layup with 55.2 seconds left to tie the game.

    Cobb's jumper on the other end hung on the rim before falling off and Minnesota rebounded and had a chance to win. Hollins' jumper with five seconds left was off the mark and Cobb got the rebound and pushed the ball up the court. Dave Sobolewski's runner from just inside the 3-point line at the buzzer bounced off the rim, forcing the game into overtime.

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    In the extra session, Welch's triple gave Minnesota a 65-62 lead with 3:41 left. Cobb scored on a put-back to cut the deficit to one, but Austin Hollins hit a 3-pointer to make it a four-point game.

    Two free throws by Davide Curletti preceded one make from Chip Armelin. Reggie Hearn connected on two from the charity stripe with 1:22 remaining, but Andre Hollins scored in the lane and NU turned the ball over on its next possession. A dunk by Rodney Williams extended the Gophers' lead to five with 19.7 seconds to go to seal it.

    Northwestern managed just 33.3 percent shooting in the second half before connecting on only one of six field goal attempts in the overtime period.

    Minnesota rode the hot hand of Andre Hollins early on. The freshman scored 13 of his team's first 15 points as the Golden Gophers jumped out to a 10-point lead 6:20 into the contest.

    Northwestern would catch fire from outside the arc, though, as a pair of triples by Shurna and another by Reggie Hearn go the Wildcats to within 17-14 with 11:39 left in the opening stanza.

    Yet another trey by Cobb and then a steal and a slam by Cobb gave the 'Cats their first lead, 19-17, capping an 11-0 run.

    The red-hot shooting from 3-point range continued throughout the opening half. With the game tied 25-25, Shurna and Julian Welch traded triples before Shurna nailed his fourth of the half and Cobb followed with his third in as many attempts to give NU a 34-28 lead.

    Another trey for Welch preceded two free throws by Dave Sobolewski before Rodney Williams hit a 3-pointer just before the first-half buzzer to trim Northwestern's advantage to 36-34 at the break.

    The Wildcats would miss eight of their first nine field goals to start the second half as Minnesota jumped out to a 45-40 lead with just over 14 minutes remaining. Six straight points by Shurna gave NU a one-point lead back.

    The game was tied at 50 apiece when Alex Marcotullio put Northwestern in front with a triple. Minnesota would tie the game at 57 before the Wildcats got four straight from Cobb to go up four with just over four minutes left, but NU was unable to close it out in regulation.

    Northwestern must now await its postseason fate which it will find out Sunday evening.


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