Dec. 4, 2013
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Drew Crawford posted 17 points and nine rebounds in his return to the lineup, but Northwestern was unable to overcome an otherwise cold shooting night from the field as it fell 69-48 at NC State Wednesday evening in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.
With the team-high 17 points Wednesday night, Crawford moved past both Jitim Young (2001-04) and Cedric Nealons (1992-95) and into eighth place on Northwestern's all-time scoring list. The Big Ten's active leading scorer now owns 1,535 points in a Wildcats uniform since 2010.
After missing the majority of the second half against Missouri and the entire game vs. UCLA due to injury last week, Crawford returned to the NU lineup ready to go as he knocked down a pair of quick 3-pointers to give the visitors the early lead.
Ten straight points gave the Wolfpack a 12-6 advantage before Tre Demps ended the run with a triple of his own.
Outside of the early baskets from beyond the arch, Northwestern was ice cold from the field as it connected on only three of its first 17 field goal attempts and trailed 16-9 at the penultimate media timeout of the opening stanza.
A runner by Crawford cut the deficit to five, but six straight by the home team extended NC State's advantage to 22-11 with just over four minutes to go in the half.
Crawford continued his strong half by hitting consecutive buckets to get the Wildcats within seven before the Wolfpack eventually took a 31-20 lead at the break.
Northwestern managed just 24 percent shooting (6-25) over the opening 20 minutes of play with Crawford converting on four of the makes for 12 points. T.J. Warren paced NC State with 16.
Alex Olah scored the first basket of the second half for the 'Cats, but the Wolfpack responded with an 11-2 run to extend its advantage to 42-23 with 16 minutes left.
NU was unable to make a serious charge the rest of the way as it shot just 25 percent from the field in the contest (13-52).
Warren finished with a game-high 22 points for NC State while Lennard Freeman had a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
After playing its last three contests outside of Evanston the Wildcats will return to Welsh-Ryan Arena on Saturday, December 7 to open a five-game homestand. Northwestern will open the stretch versus Western Michigan at 4 p.m. in the first meeting between the two programs since the 2007 campaign. Tickets are available on NUsports.com or by calling 888-GO-PURPLE (467-8775).
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