Nov. 21, 2013
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern plays a contest affiliated with the Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational on Friday as it hosts IUPUI at Welsh-Ryan Arena. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.
The Wildcats will also host Gardner-Webb on Monday as part of the event before heading to Las Vegas to take on Missouri on Thanksgiving night and then UCLA the following day.
Friday's matchup continues a busy stretch for Northwestern as it is the second of three games over a six-day span.
NU is coming off a decisive 93-58 victory at UIC on Wednesday. The Wildcats opened up an early 17-4 lead and led 47-22 at the half. Dave Sobolewski scored a career-high 25 points while Drew Crawford added 18. Sanjay Lumpkin recorded his first career double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds and JerShon Cobb grabbed a career-best 12 boards. Northwestern's .608 field goal percentage (31-51) in the game was its best since shooting .646 vs. Georgia Tech on Nov. 30, 2010.
Series History: IUPUI posted a 56-53 victory in the lone previous meeting between the schools on Nov. 27, 2002 in Evanston.
The Jaguars picked up their first victory of the season on Tuesday, defeating NAIA foe Indiana University Northwest 88-53. Justus Stanback came off the bench to lead five players in double figures with 15 points.
Ian Chiles leads the team with an average of 19.3 points per game while center Mitch Patton contributes 16.3 points and 7.7 rebounds per contest.
IUPUI posted a 6-26 overall record, including a 1-15 mark in Summit League play, a year ago.
Todd Howard is in his third season as head coach at IUPUI where he has a 21-47 record.
It has been quite some time since Northwestern had as large of a margin of victory on the road as it did in Wednesday's win at UIC. The 35-point margin was the Wildcats' largest in a true road game since a 77-20 victory at University of Chicago on Jan. 14, 1944.
SOBOLEWSKI'S CAREER NIGHT
Junior guard Dave Sobolewski had the hot hand in a victory over UIC Nov. 20. He scored 17 first-half points en route to tallying a career-best 25 points, knocking down 9 of 14 shots from the field, including four 3-pointers. The effort came one day after Sobolewski's Benet Academy high school teammate Frank Kaminsky set a Wisconsin school record with 43 points against North Dakota. Sobolewski's mark topped his previous best of 23 points achieved as a freshman against Iowa on Feb. 9, 2012.
Redshirt senior Drew Crawford returned to the Northwestern lineup with a vengeance in the season-opener against Eastern Illinois, hitting five 3-pointers and scoring a game-high 25 points. The point total was the highest by a Wildcat in a season-opener since John Shurna scored 31 in a victory at Northern Illinois Nov. 12, 2010. Crawford is the Big Ten's active leading scorer with 1,489 career points. The total ranks 10th in school history and is 32 points behind Jitim Young (2001-04) for ninth place. Crawford is averaging 17.8 points and 7.5 rebounds per game to rank fourth and ninth, respectively, in the Big Ten. Adreian Payne of Michigan State is the only other league player to rank in the top 10 in both categories.
After sitting out all of last season, JerShon Cobb has been impressive in his return to the court. He handed out a career-high eight assists vs. Eastern Illinois, well surpassing his previous career high of three which he achieved on eight occasions. He followed up the performance by scoring 14 of his team-high 19 points in the second half at Stanford Nov. 14 and then scored 19 again vs. Illinois State Nov. 17. Cobb's 11 free throws and 14 attempts against the Redbirds were both career highs. The 14 attempts were the most by a Northwestern player since Jitim Young had 15 vs. Michigan State on March 12, 2004. Cobb also posted a career-best 12 rebounds in a win at UIC Nov. 20.
HITTING THE GLASS
Redshirt freshman Sanjay Lumpkin has led the Wildcats in rebounds in each of the last three contests. After grabbing 7 boards at Stanford Nov. 14, Lumpkin notched his first career double-figure rebounding game on Nov. 17 vs. Illinois State. His 11 rebounds were the most by an NU freshman since Drew Crawford had 12 in an NIT game at Rhode Island March 17, 2010. He followed it up with 10 boards at UIC, which coupled with 10 points gave him his first collegiate double-double. Lumpkin is the first NU player with double-figure rebounds in consecutive games since Crawford vs. Purdue (10) and at Rhode Island March 12 and 17 of 2010.
Northwestern continues its affiliation with the Continental Tire Las Vegas Inviational on Monday as it hosts Gardner-Webb at 7 p.m.
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