Nov. 20, 2013
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CHICAGO -- Dave Sobolewski led a quintet of Wildcats in double figures with a career-high 25 points as the Northwestern Wildcats secured the first road win of the young campaign with a convincing 93-58 victory over the UIC Flames Wednesday at the UIC Pavilion.
Drew Crawford scored 18 points for Northwestern, while Tre Demps added a season-high 13 points off the bench. Sanjay Lumpkin and Alex Olah each tallied 10 points in victory for the Wildcats.
As a team, the Wildcats shot over 60 percent from the floor against their foes from the Horizon League, while holding UIC to below 30 percent on the evening.
Northwestern's 35-point win Wednesday night was its most convincing victory away from home since defeating the University of Chicago by 57 points on January 14, 1944.
The Wildcats fired out of the gate Wednesday night to the tune of a 10-point edge, just 4:30 into the ballgame. Northwestern opened the game shooting 4-of-6 from the floor, while its defensive pressure forced the Flames to misfire on seven of their first eight attempts. And it didn't let up from there.
Sobolewski had the hot hand all night for NU. The junior drained a trio of three-pointers in the opening 10 minutes of action, accounting for 11 of Northwestern's first 23 points.
The Wildcats continued to bury their hosts at the Pavilion. The Wildcats exploded for 47 points in the opening frame, its highest output of any half this season. Until there was only one minute left in the opening half, Sobolewski had matched UIC's entire output with 17 points on 6-of-9 shooting, and 4-of-6 from beyond the arc. Northwestern led their crosstown foes at the break, 47-22.
Of note in the opening half, the Wildcats shot 57.1 percent from the field, while holding UIC to a mark of 22.6 percent. The Purple and White also distributed the ball effectively by collecting 10 assists on its 16 made field goals. Sobolewski and Lumpkin each notched three helpers in the half.
Chicago's Big Ten Team continued to assert itself through the closing 20 minutes of play. A lengthy 17-5 run that covered just over four minutes, and was capped by a lay-in by Demps, put the Wildcats up by 33 points, 75-42.
The Wildcats did a number defensively on UIC's leading scorer, Marc Brown. The junior entered the contest averaging 21.7 points per game, but a combination of 'Cats held Brown in check as he scored only seven points on 2-of-10 from the floor.
Lumpkin notched his first career double-double Wednesday night by snagging 10 rebounds to go along with his 10 points. Northwestern's JerShon Cobb led all players in the game against UIC with a career-high 12 boards.
The Wildcats return to Welsh-Ryan Arena Friday night to open the Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational against the IUPUI Jaguars. Tip-off for the nonconference clash is slated for 7 p.m. After playing Gardner-Webb at home on Monday, the 'Cats will travel to Las Vegas to face Missouri and UCLA later in the week.
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