Dec. 4, 2011
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Site: Evanston, Ill. (Welsh-Ryan Arena)
Score: #7/8 Baylor 69, Northwestern 41
Records: NU (7-1), Baylor (7-0)
Next NU Event: Thursday, Dec. 15 -- vs. Texas Southern (Welsh-Ryan Arena), 3 p.m.
EVANSTON, Ill. -- A cold shooting night didn't come at an opportune time for the Northwestern men's basketball team as the Wildcats struggled from the field all night in a 69-41 loss to No. 7/8 Baylor Sunday afternoon at Welsh-Ryan Arena.
NU managed just 24.1 percent shooting in the contest, including 15.4 percent (4-26) from 3-point range. The performance came just two days after Northwestern tied its own Big Ten record by hitting 20 3-pointers against Mississippi Valley State.
Drew Crawford led the Wildcats with 15 points, while John Shurna added 11. Pierre Jackson and Quincy Acy paced Baylor with 16 points apiece.
The Wildcats struggled right out of the gates trying to get into an offensive groove against Baylor's long and aggressive zone defense. A 3-pointer by Pierre Jackson gave the Bears a 10-2 lead a little under five minutes into the contest.
Northwestern finally began to connect from beyond the arc, as treys by Drew Crawford and Alex Marcotullio got the 'Cats within 14-10 with 11:33 remaining in the opening stanza. However, those would be the only 3-point makes for NU in the period as it made just two of 13 attempts from distance.
The Wildcats were within 19-16 with 8:36 to go when Baylor made a run. A 16-2 surge over a span of six minutes and 25 seconds stretched the visitors' lead to 35-18 with just over two minutes remaining.
The Bears would eventually take a 38-21 lead into the break as it shot 66.7 percent from the field (16-24) to just 28.6 percent (8-28) for Northwestern.
Unfortunately for NU, its struggles on the offensive end continued throughout the second half as it was never able to make a run at Baylor.
The teams played even through the open nine minutes of the second period, but could never make a surge to make things interesting.
Northwestern takes 10 days off for final exams before returning to action Thursday, Dec. 15 against Texas Southern. Tip time is set for 7 p.m. at Welsh-Ryan Arena.
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