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Northwestern guard Michael Thompson, left, goes to the basket with Gophers center Colton Iverson defending in the first half of a Big Ten Conference tournament game Thursday in Indianapolis. Associated Press

Gophers ousted in Big Ten tournament


INDIANAPOLIS -- Michael Thompson just kept pumping his fist and making plays Thursday.

He never even bothered to peek at the scoreboard to see he was chasing Big Ten tournament history.

The Northwestern senior scored a tournament-record 35 points and Drew Crawford added 15, leading the eighth-seeded Wildcats to a 75-65 first-round win over ninth-seeded Minnesota.

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