The Northwestern Wildcats dominated Minnesota Thursday during the opening game of the Big Ten tournament. The Wildcats only held a two point lead at the break, but exploded to finish the game with a ten point lead.
Northwestern (18-12) now faces No. 1 Ohio State (29-2) in the first game of Friday’s quarterfinals.
But it was Thompson who stole the show by breaking the tourney scoring record of 33 set by Purdue’s Brian Cardinal.
The Wildcats turned the game with a quick flurry midway through the second half. It started with Alex Marcotullio‘s 3-pointer, and the 13-1 run ended when Marcotullio put in a layup to make it 55-45 with 8:57 left.
It’s the third time in 18 years Tubby Smith did not win at least one conference tournament game.
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