Dec. 4, 2012
Watch: Baylor BTN Recap
Site: Waco, Texas (Ferrell Center)
Score: Northwestern 74, Baylor 70
Records: NU (7-2), Baylor (5-3)
Next NU Event: Saturday, Dec. 8 -- vs. Butler (Welsh-Ryan Arena), 7 p.m.
Tickets: Available at NUsports.com or by calling 888-GO-PURPLE
WACO, Texas -- All five starters scored in double figures paced by Drew Crawford's 19 points as Northwestern surged out to a big second-half lead and held on late to defeat Baylor 74-70 Tuesday evening.
Reggie Hearn contributed a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds as the Wildcats held a 37-24 advantage on the glass.
The Wildcats were cold from the field to start the contest, making just one of their first 10 shots. However, NU connected on each of its next six, including consecutive 3-pointers by Dave Sobolewski and Kale Abrahamson to tie the game 16-16 with 9:36 left in the opening half.
The 'Cats would take their first lead at 22-21 on a layup by Crawford with 5:52 remaining. The basket was a part of a 10-2 Northwestern run and when Jared Swopshire hit a jumper with 3:44 to go, it gave the Wildcats a 28-23 advantage and forced the Bears to burn a timeout.
Baylor would tie the game at 30 and again at 32, but Sobolewski's triple out of the corner as the first half expired gave NU a 35-32 lead at the break. Northwestern dominated the glass over the opening 20 minutes of play, holding an 18-9 advantage over the much-taller Bears, including grabbing eight offensive boards.
Northwestern continued to come out the aggressors to begin the second half, picking up right where they left off. The Wildcats held Baylor without a field goal until the 12:24 mark of the second stanza.
Crawford's 3-pointer from the wing, followed by an Alex Olah jumper capped a 13-1 run to start the half as NU surged out to a 48-33 advantage. The lead was 12 when Crawford and Sobolewski drilled back-to-back triples, extending the advantage to 54-36.
Baylor would pick up its defensive intensity and crept back to within 60-52 on Pierre Jackson's basket with 5:08 to go. Northwestern responded with much needed baskets by Hearn and Olah to extend the advantage back to 12.
Missed free throws and the Bears' pressure combined to give Baylor life as the hosts closed to within three following two Jackson free throws with 23 seconds left. Sobolewski made one of two from the charity stripe on the other end to make it a four-point game and Jackson air-balled a 3-point try.
Swopshire hit one to increase the lead to five before Isaiah Austin hit a trey with 2.3 seconds left to make it 72-70, but Crawford clinched it with two makes from the line with 1.8 seconds remaining.
Sobolewski had 13 points, while Swopshire had 12 and Olah had 10 points, six rebounds and six assists. Jackson paced Baylor with 18 points.
Northwestern returns to action at 7 p.m. Saturday as it hosts Butler at Welsh-Ryan Arena. Tickets are available at NUsports.com or by calling 888-GO-PURPLE.
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