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    Northwestern Takes Down Purdue 74-65 to Wrap Up Regular Season

    March 9, 2014

    Northwestern Northwestern 74, Purdue 65
    Mackey Arena • West Lafayette, Ind. • Attendance: 13,332

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    WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Drew Crawford scored 27 points and Alex Olah added 14 as Northwestern notched its fourth Big Ten road win of the season, spoiling Purdue's Senior Day with a 74-65 victory Sunday afternoon at Mackey Arena.

    The win was the Wildcats' second over Purdue on its Senior Night in the last six seasons and gave NU a season sweep of the Boilermakers.

    Northwestern got off to a good start as it connected on four of its eight field goal attempts over the opening five minutes of play in jumping out to a 9-5 lead.

    The Wildcats' defense held the Boilermakers to just two field goals in their first 16 attempts, but NU's lead was just 12-11 with 9 minutes to go in the first half as the hosts connected on each of their first six free throw attempts.

    Alex Olah's 3-pointer with four minutes remaining gave the 'Cats a 22-16 advantage. Dave Sobolewski's steal and Tre Demps' ensuing layup helped Northwestern take a 28-21 advantage into the locker room.

    The Wildcats' defense limited Purdue to 5-of-26 shooting (19.2 percent), including just one make in 18 attempts for the Boilermakers' starting five.

    Two free throws by Crawford to begin the second half pushed the Northwestern lead to nine.

    The advantage was still nine with 12 minutes to go when Sanjay Lumpkin drilled a 3-pointer out of the corner to make it 42-30. Following a basket by Basil Smotherman, Lumpkin knocked down a second straight triple, pushing the lead to 13.

    Northwestern consistently maintained a double-digit lead through the majority of the second half and Kale Abrahamson's tough turnaround jumper from the wing as the shot clock was about to expire made it 56-41 with six minutes left.

    Purdue made a charge to get back into the ballgame, however. A 10-2 run by the hosts over a span of just two minutes trimmed their deficit to 58-51.

    Raphael Davis' triple in front of the Purdue bench made it 60-54 with 2:44 to go. NU's lead remained a precarious six when the Wildcats' fifth-year senior stepped up. With the shot clock set to expire, Crawford nailed a cold-blooded triple that made it a nine-point game with 1:17 remaining.

    The 'Cats went 7-for-8 from the charity stripe the rest of the way to seal the win. Crawford went 13-for-14 from the free throw line in the contest while Sobolewski was a perfect 8-for-8.

    Northwestern opens play at the Big Ten tournament Thursday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. The Wildcats open play at approximately 8 p.m. Central time against either Ohio State or Iowa. The contest is being televised by ESPN2.

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