MINNEAPOLIS – Northwestern successfully lured ninth-ranked Minnesota into that deliberate pace the Wildcats prefer, limiting the Gophers to 17 first-half points.
The strategy worked for a while, but the Gophers found their groove when Austin Hollins got going.
Hollins hit five 3-pointers during a 3½-minute stretch in the second half, finishing with 19 points and sparking Minnesota to a 69-51 victory over Northwestern on Sunday.
“I don’t even remember all of them to be honest with you,” said Reggie Hearn, who led the Wildcats with 11 points. “I didn’t realize he had that many. That’s just embarrassing. But we’ll work on that and make sure that kind of stuff doesn’t happen again.”
Hollins had all but two of his points during a 26-7 run that gave the Gophers a 45-25 lead. Minnesota (14-1, 2-0 Big Ten) has won 10 in a row for its longest winning streak since it opened the 2008-09 season with 12 straight victories.
Dave Sobolewski had 10 points, five assists and four steals for the Wildcats (9-6, 0-2), who were outrebounded 47-20. That’s the fewest rebounds by a Gophers opponent all season. Hearn returned for Northwestern after missing two games because of a sprained left ankle, but the Wildcats, missing star Drew Crawford because of season-ending shoulder surgery, couldn’t keep up down the stretch.
No. 2 Michigan 95, Iowa 67: At Ann Arbor, Mich., Trey Burke had 19 points and a career-high 12 assists for Michigan in a win over Iowa.
Glenn Robinson III added 20 points and 10 rebounds for the Wolverines, who had only 17 points with 7:00 remaining in the first half before overwhelming the Hawkeyes (11-4, 0-2 Big Ten) with a flurry of dunks, 3-pointers and other highlights. Michigan (15-0, 2-0) is a win away from matching the program’s best start to a season. The 1985-86 team began 16-0.
Wisconsin 47, Nebraska 41: At Lincoln, Neb., Jared Berggren scored 12 of his 13 points in the second half, Ryan Evans had 10 points and 15 rebounds, and Wisconsin held Nebraska (9-6, 0-2) to one basket over the last 6:19 in a Big Ten victory.
The Badgers (11-4, 2-0) won their fifth game in a row and held their ninth straight opponent to 60 points or fewer.
Wichita St. 69, Bradley 63: At Peoria, Cleanthony Early scored 24 points to lead Wichita State (14-1, 3-0) over Bradley (10-5, 2-1) in the Missouri Valley Conference.
Walt Lemon Jr. and Dyricus Simms-Edwards had 15 points apiece to lead Bradley.