Minnesota Golden Gophers defeat Northwestern Wildcats, 65-61

Same lead. Same letdown.

Same drama. Different finish.

Three days after the Gophers blew a 13-point lead against Michigan State, they had followed the same formula to produce similar theatrics and a different result in a 65-61 victory over Northwestern on Tuesday night at Williams Arena.

John Shurna, who scored 19 points, hit a free throw with 5 minutes, 8 seconds to play that gave the Wildcats a 49-48 lead, their first lead since late in the first half. For the Goph...