The final seconds of Northwestern’s 63-42 victory over Brown ticked away as the Welsh-Ryan Arena fire alarm sounded loudly. It was a false alarm, but proved to be the only worry Wildcat fans would have.
NU wrapped up its nonconference slate with a comfortable, convincing victory, one which was surely needed after a difficult stretch of games.
“It’s huge to not only get the win, but to come out and play well,” said sophomore point guard Dave Sobolewski, who led the Wildcats with 14 points.
Senior guard Reggie Hearn was unable to play after testing out his sprained ankle injured against Stanford on Friday. It’s expected he’ll return to practice next week. Though, without him, there were no struggles.
The Wildcats filled up the stat sheet, with six players scoring eight points or more. Facing a Brown team which was run ragged, Northwestern saw success with the Princeton offense.
“That just shows that we’re running our offense well and moving one thing to the next,” Sobolewski said. “Without Drew and Reggie, we’re going to need other guys to score. If we get that consistent scoring from other guys, we’re going to win a lot of games.”
Northwestern opened the game hitting its first five shots—all three-pointers. The fifth came on a 35-foot heave from Alex Olah to beat the expiring shot clock.
Brown showed signs of life toward the end of the first half, cutting Northwestern’s lead to just 10 points at the break. However, the Wildcats ran out to a 10-0 spree in the second half and shifted to cruise control.
“I think we learned a lot tonight, I really do,” said head coach Bill Carmody. “If you execute—you still have to make the shots—but you’re going to get the kind of looks you can make.”
The nonconference slate leaves Northwestern with a 9-4 record, but just one quality win—a road triumph over Baylor—to boost the postseason résumé. Now, the Cats must wait 11 days for their next contest, the Big Ten-opener against unbeaten Michigan.