Nov. 30, 2013
LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- JerShon Cobb scored 22 points and Kale Abrahamson added a career-high 19 but No. 19/21 UCLA had a red-hot shooting night, defeating the Wildcats 95-79 Friday night at Orleans Arena in the 2013 Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational.
Cobb's 20-point game was his second consecutive and the third overall of his career. He was named to the all-tournament team for his efforts. Abrahamson's point total topped his previous best of 16 at Michigan State March 10, 2013.
UCLA's huge size advantage gave the Wildcats fits right out of the gates. The Bruins made four of their first five shots while NU missed its first five as UCLA led 12-1 at the first media timeout.
The deficit grew to 14-1 before Northwestern's offense came to life. A 3-pointer by Abrahamson gave the 'Cats their first field goal before Tre Demps followed with one of his own and Alex Olah scored on a three-point play, making it 18-10.
Northwestern would convert on seven consecutive offensive possessions as it trimmed the deficit to 25-19 at the under-12 media timeout despite the Bruins making 10 of their first 12 field goal attempts.
UCLA didn't cool off but the Wildcats were able to keep pace with some hot shooting of their own. Abrahamson's third triple of the opening half with 7:44 left got NU within 34-27.
The 'Cats had no answer for Bruins reserve guard Bryce Alford over the opening 20 minutes of play. The coach's son hit each of his first four field goal attempts, including three 3-pointers, giving him 11 first-half points despite coming into the game averaging 5.0 per contest.
A late 17-5 run pushed UCLA's lead up to 19 before Cobb ended the first half with back-to-back 3-pointers to make it 51-38 at the break. The Bruins shot an unfathomable 76 percent (19-25) from the field in the opening stanza.
The intermission didn't do much to cool off UCLA as it pushed its advantage back up to 19 four minutes into the second half.
Abrahamson's fourth trey of the game got Northwestern within 64-51 with just under 14 minutes to go, but that would be as close as the 'Cats would get.
Kyle Anderson posted 16 points, nine rebounds and nine assists for UCLA, while Alford, Jordan Adams and Zach LaVine added 18 points apiece. The Bruins finished the contest shooting 63.6 percent (35-55) from the field, including making 13 of their 17 attempts from behind the arch. NU shot 46 percent (23-50), knocking down 12 triples of their own with Abrahamson making five.
Northwestern played the game without the services of leading scorer Drew Crawford who missed the matchup due to injury.
The Wildcats return to action at 6:30 p.m. Central time Wednesday when they travel to NC State for a contest in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.
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