The win was the fourth straight for the Wildcats who improve to 5-2 on the season - the best start since 2002-03 when NU was 5-2. The 'Cats started 8-2 the season prior, Carmody's second season in Evanston.
After a brilliant performance against Miami (Fla.) on Nov. 28 with what was then a career-high 24 points, Craig Moore followed that up tonight with 26. He was 8-of-11 from the field and 6-of-9 from 3-point range. He also had a game-high three steals.
In the last two games, Moore has scored 50 points on 16-of-22 shooting (72 percent) from the field and 13-of-19 (68 percent) from behind the arc.
Freshman Kevin Coble had the best game of his young career with 25 points, 19 of those coming after halftime. He was 7-of-13 from the floor and 9-of-10 from free throw line. He also had seven rebounds.
The last time NU had two players score 20 or more in the same game was last season in the overtime win at Purdue. Vedran Vukusic had 29 and Mohamed Hachad 20.
Vince Scott scored a season-high 12 points - all after halftime. He made two from long range and also chipped in with five boards and five assists. He has 24 assists and only seven turnovers in the first seven games.
After trailing 47-41 with 10:39 left, Northwestern went on a 18-6 run over the next five minutes to take a 59-53 lead. The Wildcats had just one field goal in the final five minutes of regulation, which lead to the overtime period.
The Wildcats sank 24-of-31 free throws for the game, three shy of the Carmody era record of 27 makes set back in 2003.
Northwestern now leads the all-time series with Western Michigan 20-5 and have won the last 10 meetings.
The 11 made 3-pointers by the Wildcats marked the 29th time in Carmody's tenure that the Wildcats have made 10 or more from behind the arc. They are 19-10 in those games.
After shooting just 28 percent (6-of-21) in the first half, NU came out after halftime and shot 57 percent (15-of-26) the rest of the way, including 8-of-13 (62 percent) from long range.