The Latest – February 18, 2012 18 Feb 12

Timberwolves 111, Houston 98
(Houston, TX) — Kevin Love scored 33 points and grabbed 17 rebounds to lead Minnesota to a 111-98 win over Houston. Nikola Pekovic (NEE-koh-luh PECK-oh-vitch) added 30 points and 12 boards while Ricky Rubio added 18 points and nine assists. The Timberwolves have won two straight after a four-game slide. Chandler Parsons led the Rockets with 18 points. Kyle Lowry and Courtney Lee each added 17 while Kevin Martin scored 16 in the loss. Houston has dropped three-of-four.

Hockey: Gophers 3, Bemidji State 0
(Minneapolis, MN) — The seventh-ranked Gophers scored within the first minute and went on to skunk Bemidji State 3-0. Sophomore Zach Budish scored two first-period goals. Nick Bjustad also scored for the Gophers on a powerplay in the second period. The two teams meet again tonight to wrap up their two-game series. The University of Minnesota will recognize the Gophers 2002 N-C-A-A championship team during tonight’s (Sat) game.

WCHA Results
(Undated) –Here are the men’s scores from Friday:

Alaska Anchorage 3 – St. Cloud State 2
UMD 4 – MSU-Mankato 2

Here are the women’s scores from Friday:

Bemidji State 3 – St Cloud State 2
North Dakota 2 – Minnesota 1
MSU-Mankato 1 – UMD 4

Gopher Men’s Basketball at Northwestern
(Evanston, IL) — The University of Minnesota men’s basketball team plays a Big Ten game tonight at Northwestern (6 pm). The Golden Gophers and Wildcats have both lost two in a row and are five-and-eight in conference play. Minnesota is coming off a home loss to sixth-ranked Ohio State while Northwestern fell at number-20 Indiana. Gopher guard Julian Welch says they need to start a new winning streak.

Wild at Blues
(St.Louis, MN) — The Minnesota Wild look to end a six-game winless streak when they play the Blues this afternoon in St.Louis (12:30 pm). The Wild fell to the Winnipeg Jets 4-3 in a shootout Thursday night in St.Paul. The Blues beat the Islanders 5-1 at home that night. Minnesota returns to the Xcel Energy Center Sunday to face the defending Stanley Cup champion Bruins as part of National Hockey Day in America (2:30 pm).

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