Northwestern Vs. Minnesota Halftime Score: Wildcats Lead Gophers 36-34

Thursday's game against Minnesota is a pivotal one for Northwestern's NCAA tournament hopes, and so far the three-pointers are falling for the Wildcats; still, they have a battle on their hands with the Gophers and lead by a slim 36-34 margin at the half.

Related: Minnesota Golden Gophers vs. Northwestern Wildcats Game Thread

It was the Gophers who jumped out early with some hot shooting, and they also had good success from beyond the three-point arc throughout the half. Andre Hollins led that charge for Minnesota with 16 points on 6-7 shooting, including a 4-5 effort from three-point range.

JerShon Cobb and John Shurna were outstanding for Northwestern in the half, scoring a combined 26 points. Cobb was 3-3 from downtown, Shurna 4-7.

For more on this game stay with SB Nation Chicago. For more Northwestern coverage, check out Sippin' On Purple, and for more on Minnesota, check out The Daily Gopher. News and notes on college hoops teams around the country can be found at SB Nation's college basketball news hub.

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