Sports Minute: Here is the latest Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota sports news from The Associated Press
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Andrew Wiggins scored 23 points, Derrick Rose had 17 and the Minnesota Timberwolves kept cruising without Jimmy Butler by beating the Portland Trail Blazers 112-96. Robert Covington and Karl-Anthony Towns each had 14 points for the Wolves, who are 7-1 at home and 3-0 since trading the disgruntled Butler to Philadelphia on Monday.
BIMINI, Bahamas (AP) - Jahaad Proctor scored 18 points and coach Tubby Smith won his first game at High Point with a 60-56 victory over South Dakota in the first round of the inaugural Bimini Jam tournament. The game was tied 54-54 with 2:13 remaining.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - With a spot in the Big Ten championship game secured, Northwestern has entered a strange pressure-free stretch of this already memorable season. No matter what happens for the 24th-ranked Wildcats in the next two games, they'll represent the West Division in the title game. Don't make the mistake of assuming the Wildcats will treat this trip to Minnesota as meaningless, though. There's momentum to maintain. For the Gophers, a win in their final home game would make them bowl eligible.
NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) - Dalonte Brown scored a career-high 25 points on 9-of-11 shooting, including 4 of 5 from 3-point range, to help Miami (Ohio) beat North Dakota State 89-78 y in the Islands of the Bahamas Showcase. Nike Sibande hit three 3s and finished with 19 points and Darrian Ringo had 10 points and seven assists for Miami (2-1).
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