STANFORD, Calif. -- JerShon Cobb scored 19 points and Drew Crawford added 15, but a second-half run by Stanford was too much for Northwestern to overcome as the Wildcats fell 71-58 Thursday night at Maples Pavilion.
An early five-point run gave the hosts a 10-5 advantage, but 3-pointers by Crawford and Cobb ignited a 13-4 run by the Wildcats that gave them a 18-14 advantage at the midway point of the opening half.
The Northwestern lead was 23-20 when Crawford drilled another triple out of the corner to give the 'Cats a six-point lead with eight minutes remaining in the half.
Following a three-point play by Chasson Randle on the other end, Crawford drilled a tough baseline jumper, giving him a quick 13 points.
Turnovers plagued the Wildcats during the first half, including during a 9-2 Stanford run that was capped by a Grant Verhoeven layup that gave the hosts a 26-25 lead with 4:06 left in the stanza.
The Cardinal would eventually take a 29-27 advantage into the halftime intermission. NU shot 47.6 percent from the field (10-21), compared to 45.8 percent (11-24) for Stanford over the opening 20 minutes of play.
Northwestern was within 35-32 when the Cardinal scored six straight points to take their largest lead of the contest at nine with 12:46 remaining, forcing the Wildcats to burn a timeout.
All told, Stanford went on a 13-1 run to increase its advantage to 48-33 just past the midway point of the half. However, Cobb attempted to lead a comeback. NU struggled from 3-point range throughout the first 30 minutes of action, but Cobb drilled triples on three consecutive possessions to get the Wildcats within 50-41.
Crawford got a good look a three of his own on the next possession that would have made it a six-point game, but it barely rimmed out.
Stanford was able to withstanding the charge, though, as it pushed its lead right back up to 17 and the 'Cats couldn't recover.
Northwestern returns to action at 7:30 p.m. Sunday as it hosts Illinois State at Welsh-Ryan Arena. Tickets are available at NUsports.com or by calling 888-GO-PURPLE.
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