Dec. 22, 2012
The Last Meeting
November 22, 2008
Moore's Career Night Guides Northwestern Past Brown, 73-64
There's being in the zone and then there's what Northwestern senior guard Craig Moore was Saturday night. Moore hit eight of his school-record nine 3-pointers in the first half en route to a career-high 31 points as the Wildcats held off a second-half charge by Brown to earn a 73-64 win at the Pizzitola Sports Center.
EVANSTON, Ill.-- Northwestern closes out the nonconference portion of its regular season Sunday as it plays host to Brown at Welsh-Ryan Arena. Tip-off is set for 12:30 p.m.
Sunday is Take a Kid to a Game Day. Two children in 8th grade and under will be admitted free of charge with a paid adult admission. (Tickets must be purchased day of game)
The Wildcats are coming off a tough 70-68 loss to Stanford at home on Friday. A 22-4 first-half run by the Cardinal gave the guests a 32-14 lead before NU responded with a 17-0 surge to get within one. Northwestern tied the game twice in the second half, but came up just short in the end. Reggie Hearn led the 'Cats with 18 points and seven rebounds, while Alex Olah added a career-high 16 points.
Following Sunday's contest, Northwestern has 10 days off from competition before opening Big Ten play at home against Michigan on Jan. 3.
Series History: Northwestern leads the all-time series with Brown, 4-2. The Wildcats won the most recent meeting, 73-64, Nov. 22, 2008 in Providence, R.I. Craig Moore hit eight of his school-record nine 3-pointers in the first half and scored 31 points.
The Bears (3-5) are playing in their first game since Dec. 8 when they suffered an 84-57 loss at Notre Dame. Matt Sullivan paced Brown with 18 points.
Sullivan, a native of nearby Wilmette who prepped at Loyola Academy, leads the team with an average of 16.0 points per game to go along with 7.0 rebounds. Rafael Maia is first on the squad with a norm of 8.1 rebounds per contest to go along with 12.0 points.
Mike Martin, a graduate of Brown, is in his first season as head coach. At age 30, he is the fourth-youngest head coach in Division I.
HE'S HEATING UP
Redshirt freshman Tre Demps struggled from the field to open the season, but he has come on strong as of late. The guard missed each of his 14 3-point field goal attempts through Northwestern's first nine contests. However, he bounced back by hitting three of his four tries from beyond the arch Dec. 8 against Butler en route to scoring a career-best 15 points. Demps followed up the performance by hitting three of four triple tries again on Monday in a 12-point effort in a victory over Texas State and scored 12 more on Friday against Stanford. His combined 39 points in the last three contests (13.0 ppg) have come in just 40 minutes of action.
CONFERENCE PLAY ON TAP
Today's contest marks the end of the Wildcats' nonconference season. Of Northwestern's first seven Big Ten games, five of the contests are against teams that are ranked in the top 13 of this week's Associated Press poll. During that stretch, NU will face Michigan (No. 2), Indiana (No. 6) and Illinois (No. 10) once apiece as well as Minnesota (No. 13) twice.
DISHING IT OUT
Sophomore Dave Sobolewski has been in a giving mood so far this season. The point guard handed out a career-best nine assists in Northwestern's season-opening win over Texas Southern Nov. 13 and then followed it up with eight helpers against Mississippi Valley State Nov. 15. His average of 4.0 assists per game ranks sixth in the Big Ten. A year ago, Sobolewski led the Big Ten and paced all nation's freshmen with a 2.63 assist-to-turnover ratio. Through 12 contests, Northwestern ranks second the Big Ten with an average of 16.8 assists per game while leading the country with a .729 assist percentage.
Northwestern is well known for playing "team" offense and that's reflected in the statistics. The Wildcats ranked fourth in the nation with a 1.53 assist-to-turnover ratio last season and they're ninth in the nation so far this year with a 1.51 ratio (202 assists, 135 turnovers). NU ranked second nationally to only Wisconsin with a 1.70 mark in 2010-11. NU also ranked fourth in the country last season with an average of just 10.2 turnovers per contest.
Northwestern has 10 days off from competition before returning to action at home Jan. 3 when it takes on Michigan.
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