Feb. 28, 2007
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EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern left it all on the floor tonight on Senior Night at Welsh-Ryan Arena. The Wildcats (13-16, 2-13) made yet another second-half comeback, but fell short, falling to the Indiana Hoosiers 69-65. Senior Tim Doyle finished with 17 points and eight assists.
Indiana's Roderick Wilmont made a school and Welsh-Ryan Arena-record with nine 3-pointers while scoring a career-high 31 points.
Wilmont was 9-for-13 on 3-pointers -- the previous school record was eight, held by several players -- and had 17 points in the second half for the Hoosiers (19-9, 9-6).
"It just seemed like a replay of a bunch of games this year," head coach Bill Carmody said. "Somehow, I thought towards the end tonight, that it was going to be different, that we were going to catch them at the end. We talked before the game that the two things were to try and keep Roderick Wilmont from getting the good shots and trying to hit the backboards. You can't let them get the offensive rebounds to get extra shots and those were the two things that killed us."
Northwestern, playing its final home game, scrapped for seven points in a row and cut it to 48-46 on Kevin Coble's layup on a nifty pass from Doyle.
But Wilmont hit another from long range just as the shot clock was expiring with 7:20 left, connected on a trey from the deep corner and then made a follow-up shot as the Hoosiers went back up by 10 with a little more than three minutes to go.
Northwestern wasn't done. Down by 11 with 2:42 left, Doyle made a steal and then two layups after two Hoosier turnovers as the Wildcats ran off six straight points and got within 63-58 with 1:40 remaining.
Sterling Williams then hit a 3-pointer for the Wildcats to cut it to four with just less than a minute to go, and Northwestern was within two when Jeff Ryan hit a shot from underneath with 14 seconds remaining. Sterling Williams finished with eight.
Trailing by three, the Wildcats had a chance to tie but Craig Moore's
3-pointer was short and Indiana's A.J. Ratliff made a free throw with 1.2 seconds remaining to wrap up the win.
Wilmont, who also finished with 12 rebounds, ended the first half with three 3-pointers in the final 90 seconds. He then hit three more 3-pointers in the first seven minutes of the second half as the Hoosiers opened up a 48-39 lead. He made three-straight 3-pointers in the final minute and a half of the first half, including one just before the buzzer that he banked in after a behind-the-back dribble, giving the Hoosiers a 32-28 lead.
NU's defense was scrappy all night, recording 12 steals and forcing 17 total turnovers by the Hoosiers.
Craig Moore busted out with 13 points and four assists. Coble also finished with 13 and a team-high eight rebounds while Jeff Ryan rounded out the double-digit scorers with 11 points on 5-of-6 shooting.
The three other seniors playing in their final game at Welsh-Ryan Arena were Ivan Tolic, Vince Scott and Joe Kennedy.
Northwestern wraps up the regular season at Purdue on Saturday.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.