Nov. 20, 2012
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Site: Evanston, Ill. (Welsh-Ryan Arena)
Score: Northwestern 69, Delaware State 50
Records: NU (4-0), Delaware State (3-2)
Next NU Event: Friday, Nov. 23 -- vs. TCU (South Padre Island, Texas), 7:30 p.m.
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Drew Crawford posted team highs of 18 points and seven rebounds as Northwestern improved to 4-0 with a 69-50 victory over Delaware State at Welsh-Ryan Arena Tuesday evening.
The Wildcats finished with a commanding 37-22 rebounding advantage, including hauling in 13 offensive boards that led to 17 second-chance points.
Delaware State got off to a hot start as it connected on five of its first six field goal attempts as the guests surged out to a 15-10 lead following two free throws by Tyshawn Bell with 12:35 remaining in the opening half.
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However, the Wildcats eventually picked things up on the defensive end and that got their offense going. A lay-in by Alex Olah followed by a 3-pointer by Drew Crawford got NU back to even before a break-away layup by Dave Sobolewski gave the hosts the lead.
The surge ignited a 22-4 run by Northwestern. Crawford got hot late in the half, knocking down back-to-back triples after Mike Turner had hit one of his own from the top of the key.
NU limited the Hornets to just two makes in 14 attempts after the hot start before a late 3-pointer by Tahj Tate. The 'Cats eventually took a 35-22 lead at the break behind 13 first-half points by Crawford.
The advantage quickly grew to 20 just over three minutes into the second half, but behind 10 points by Tate, Delaware State went on an 18-6 run to trim their deficit to eight. However, Sobolewski answered with a 3-pointer and Turner scored on a put-back to start a 13-3 surge for the Wildcats over a three-minute span to put the game away.
Sobolewski contributed 14 points and was one of four Northwestern players to record four assists in the contest. Reggie Hearn (14) and Olah (10) also scored in double figures for the 'Cats.
NU shot 50 percent from the field (26-52) compared to 39.1 percent (18-46) for Delaware State.
Northwestern returns to action at 7:30 p.m. Friday as it takes on TCU in Texas in the South Padre Island Invitational. The tournament continues Saturday.
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