Dec. 15, 2013
The Last Meeting
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November 15, 2012
Wildcats Dodge Delta Devils, 81-68
Reggie Hearn scored a career-high 23 points and Jared Swopshire added a career-best 22 as Northwestern pulled away late to fight off a scare from Mississippi Valley State 81-68 at Welsh-Ryan Arena.
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern returns to competition following an eight-day break for final exams on Monday as it hosts Mississippi Valley State at Welsh-Ryan Arena. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m.
Monday's contest is the second of a season-long five-game homestand for the Wildcats. NU also will host Brown and DePaul in nonconference action before opening Big Ten play against Wisconsin Jan. 2.
The 'Cats are coming off a stellar defensive performance in a 51-35 victory over Western Michigan Dec. 7. Drew Crawford paced Northwestern with 15 points and nine rebounds as the Wildcats limited the Broncos to 12 first-half points, 10 total field goals and 24.4 percent shooting in the contest.
Crawford joins Michigan State's Adreian Payne and Penn State's D.J. Newbill as the only Big Ten players to rank in the top 15 in the league in both scoring and rebounding.
Series History: Northwestern leads 3-1.
Last Meeting: Reggie Hearn scored 23 points and Jared Swopshire added 22 as the Wildcats posted an 81-68 victory over the Delta Devils Nov. 15, 2012 in Evanston.
SCOUTING MISSISSIPPI VALLEY STATE
The Delta Devils are playing just their second game in the last 17 days as they most recently posted an 89-81 win over Tougaloo College on Dec. 7. Jordan Washington scored a team-high 19 points while James Currington added 16.
Anthony McDonald paces MVSU with an average of 16.0 points per game, including connecting on 29 3-point field goals. The Delta Devils are surrendering an average of 87.6 points per game with opposing teams posting a .529 field goal percentage.
Chico Potts is in his second season as head coach at Mississippi Valley State where he has an 8-29 record.
LOCKING DOWN ON "D"
Northwestern's defensive effort against Western Michigan Dec. 7 was statistically its best in quite some time on numerous levels. The Broncos' 10 field goals were the fewest by an NU foe since Oakland had nine on Nov. 21, 1998, a 68-30 Northwestern win. WMU's 12 first-half points were the fewest allowed by the Wildcats in a half since Delaware State had 10 in the first half in Northwestern's 50-43 win Dec. 27, 2004. NU held Western Michigan to 24.4 percent shooting in the contest, the lowest since DePaul shot 24.1 percent in a 63-36 Wildcats' victory Dec. 6, 2008.
CRAWFORD NAMED NOMINEE FOR ALLSTATE GOOD WORKS TEAM
Drew Crawford has been named a nominee for the Allstate Good Works Team® which honors players at all levels of college basketball who represent the sport's finest in the areas of leadership and charitable achievements amongst their peers. Among Crawford's community service efforts are Illinois Youth Commission, Relay For Life, Dance Marathon, Misericordia, Children's Heart Foundation, Be Positive Foundation, Project EXCITE, Northern Suburban Special Recreation Association as well as numerous elementary school visits.
BEATING THE BUZZER
JerShon Cobb's jumper with 2.3 seconds remaining in a 63-61 win over IUPUI Nov. 22 marked the first time NU scored the game's decisive points in the final five seconds of a contest when either trailing or tied since John Shurna hit two free throws with 2.6 seconds to go in a 67-66 win at Penn State Feb. 25, 2012.
It has been quite some time since Northwestern had as large of a margin of victory on the road as it did in at UIC Nov. 20. 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.
Drew Crawford is the Big Ten's active leading scorer with 1,550 career points. The total ranks eighth in school history and is 25 points behind Kevin Rankin (1991-94) for seventh place. Crawford missed most of last season due to injury and 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.
After sitting out all of last season, JerShon Cobb has been impressive in his return to the court. He ranks second on the team and 17th in the Big Ten with an average of 13.6 points per game. Cobb handed out a career-high eight assists in the Wildcats' season-opener vs. Eastern Illinois. He followed up the performance by scoring 19 points 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 and knocked down the game-winning shot with 2.3 seconds remaining in a 63-61 win over IUPUI Nov. 22. His 22 points vs. Missouri Nov. 28 and again the following day vs. UCLA were two shy of his career high achieved vs. Minnesota on March 8, 2012.
HITTING THE GLASS
Redshirt freshman Sanjay Lumpkin has been an effective rebounder so far this season. 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.
BOOST OFF THE BENCH
Tre Demps has provided Northwestern with some scoring punch off the bench so far this season. The redshirt sophomore is averaging 9.5 points per game, including scoring in double figures six times in the team's 10 games. Demps tallied a season-high 15 points vs. No. 19/21 UCLA Nov. 29.
Big Ten Non-Starter Scoring Leaders
(through games played Dec. 11)
Name (Team) - Avg.
Bryson Scott (Purdue) - 10.4
Jarrod Uthoff (Iowa) - 10.3
Deverell Biggs (Nebraska) - 10.0
Tre Demps (Northwestern) - 9.5
Zach McCabe (Iowa) - 9.5
Northwestern is back in action Dec. 22 at home against Brown. Tip-off is set for 1 p.m.
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