EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) –– Tre Demps scored 23 points with eight assists and Bryant McIntosh added 20 points and six rebounds as Northwestern snapped a five-game losing streak with an 82-58 win over Minnesota on Thursday night.

Aaron Falzon also scored 10 points for the Wildcats, (16-8, 4-7 Big Ten), who won for the first time since Jan. 12.

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Jordan Murphy scored 14 points and Nate Mason finished with eight for Minnesota (6-17, 0-11), which lost for the 12th straight time dating back to Dec. 16 when the Gophers defeated Chicago State.

The Wildcats never trailed and jumped out to a quick 13-2 lead. Northwestern relied on 3-point shooting to surge ahead early, connecting on four of their first five attempts from beyond the arc.  Demps and McIntosh combined for seven of the Wildcats’ 12 3-point field goals.

Northwestern led 37-23 at the half. The Wildcats used an 8-0 run over the final 3:04 while Minnesota missed its final nine shots.


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Minnesota: With their 11th straight Big Ten loss, the Gophers matched their worst conference start since the 1922-23 season. .The Gophers managed to connect on only 33 percent of their shots and struggled from 3-point range, finishing the loss 4 of 18 from beyond the arc.

Northwestern: With a pair of second-half assists, McIntosh broke the school’s single-season assist record. McIntosh entered the game with 156 assists, one behind record holder Tim Doyle, who dished out 157 assists during the 2006-07 season. . The Wildcats completed their first season sweep of Minnesota since 2006.


Minnesota: Hosts Michigan on Wednesday.

Northwestern: Travels to Ohio State on Tuesday.

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