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    Hearn's Stellar First Half Propels NU Past Purdue, 75-60

    Indiana native Reggie Hearn posted 21 first-half points in the victory.

    Indiana native Reggie Hearn posted 21 first-half points in the victory.

    Feb. 2, 2013

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    Site: Evanston, Ill. (Welsh-Ryan Arena)
    Score: Northwestern 75, Purdue 60
    Records: NU (13-10, 4-6 Big Ten), Purdue (11-11, 4-5 Big Ten)
    Next NU Event: Saturday, Feb. 9 -- at Iowa (Iowa City, Iowa), 3:30 p.m.

    EVANSTON, Ill. -- Reggie Hearn made each of his first nine field goal attempts and scored 21 of his career-high 26 points in the first half in leading Northwestern to a 75-60 win over Purdue at Welsh-Ryan Arena on Saturday.

    All five NU starters scored at least nine points, including Dave Sobolewski who had 13 points, six assists and six rebounds. Jared Swopshire also contributed 13 points, seven boards and four blocked shots. The Wildcats swatted a school-record 12 shots as a team. The previous high was 11 against Loras on Nov. 26, 1984.

    Northwestern came out of the gates on fire as it surged out to a big lead. Following a 3-pointer by Sobolewski and a basket by Hearn, Purdue head coach Matt Painter burned a timeout 64 seconds into the contest.

    Hearn and Sobolewski each had five quick points as the lead eventually grew to 12-0.

    NU made seven of its first eight 3-point attempts in the contest, including one by Swopshire that made it 21-7 with 12:30 remaining in the opening half. The advantage would grow to 15 at 27-12, but seven straight by the Boilermakers trimmed their deficit to eight.

    However, the visitors had no answer for Hearn in the opening stanza. Purdue had gotten within seven, 30-23, but the senior from Fort Wayne, drilled a pair of triples, scored on a jumper as well as a lay-in as the 'Cats pushed the lead back up to 13. He nailed each of his first nine field goal attempts and didn't miss until a desperation try from beyond the arch with a minute left in the half and the shot clock winding down.

    Tre Demps' three, Northwestern's eighth of the half, with under a half-minute remaining gave the Wildcats a 43-29 lead at the break. The Wildcats shot 68 percent from the field (17-25) over the opening 20 minutes of play, while Hearn's 21 points left him just two shy of his career high for an entire game.

    NU built upon its lead in the second half, extending it to 56-35 with 12:45 left following Demps' third 3-pointer of the game. However, Purdue mounted a nine-point rally to close within 12 with 11 minutes remaining.

    Swopshire nailed a big triple following a timeout, though, and Purdue was unable to get closer than 13 the rest of the way.

    Northwestern ran its offense to perfection, assisting on 24 of its 26 made field goals while knocking down 11 3-pointers. After turning the ball over six times in the first half, NU did not commit a turnover after the break.

    Meanwhile, Purdue was limited to 33.3 percent shooting in the contest (23-69), including 26.2 percent (11-42) in the second half. A.J. Hammons paced the Boilermakers with 19 points and 13 rebounds.

    The Wildcats have a mid-week bye before returning to action next Saturday at Iowa. Tip-off is set for 3:30 p.m.


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