Nov. 28, 2006
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EVANSTON, Ill. -- Craig Moore blew up for a career-high 24 points and tied the school record with seven 3-pointers as Northwestern knocked off Miami (Fla.) tonight in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge in Evanston. The Wildcats withstood a furious comeback by Miami who were led by Jack McClinton's 30 points.
Moore was 7-for-10 from 3-point range and 8-of-11 overall as Northwestern improved to 2-6 all-time in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge and 4-2 on the season.
"It's about time it fell in for me. I have been working in the gym and coach (Mitch) Henderson has put me back to fundamentals, what we need to do, and it's finally paying off," Moore said.
"It was good to see Moore make some shots," NU coach Carmody said. "He's capable of doing that. He can't carry a team, but for one game he can. If he's shooting like that, that helps us out in so many ways. They were playing zone against us and somebody's got to knock them down. He shot extremely well today in shoot-around and he shot well yesterday. There's more air under the ball. It's not that line drive. It was good to see."
Leading 50-47 with 5:56 left, Northwestern (4-2) scored seven straight points. Kevin Coble finished a back-door pass with a layup and Moore hit his seventh 3-pointer of the game. Then Tim Doyle made two free throws to give Northwestern a 57-47 lead with 3:42 left.
"Craig played great. He is the whole reason why we won tonight. He really shot the ball well and opened things up," Doyle said. "He set the tone for the game and obviously was the player of the game and without him we would've probably got blown out."
Doyle finished with 11 points and six assists.
McClinton quickly brought Miami (4-3) back. He scored six consecutive points and then after Doyle hit a free throw for Northwestern, McClinton hit a "3" to cut the Wildcats lead to 58-56 with 1:05 left.
Miami's Brian Asbury sank another 3-pointer to get the Hurricanes within 60-59 with 15.3 left. Miami put Jason Okrzesik
on the line and he made 1-of-2 free throws to make it 61-59. McClinton then missed a chance to take the lead in the final seconds by missing a long 3-pointer.
The Wildcats led 30-27 at the half behind Moore's 14 points. McClinton led the Hurricanes with 13 points in the half.
Anthony King finished with 10 points and eight rebounds for Miami, who is 0-2 in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge.
(The Associated Press contributed to this story)
Postgame Audio (Courtesy of SRN Broadcasting):
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