Northwestern Destroys UT-PA; Preparing for LSU, Charleston Classic

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The University of Texas-Pan American Broncs (that’s Broncs not Broncos, not a typo- even though it really looks like one) didn’t do too well in their Chi-City college basketball double-header. DePaul got a big lead on them early; although UTPA fought back to within 5 in the second half. And the Blue Demons pulled away late to win 91-72.

When the Broncs came to Evanston to play Northwestern, they got almost doubled up; losing 60-36.

Northwestern started a very unfamiliar lineup Sunday night, with Reggie Hearn, a forward to has seldom played at NU during his career getting the starting nod along freshmen Tre Demps and Dave Sobolewski.

Usual starters Alex Marcotullio and Drew Crawford are banged up, but both would play substantial minutes. Jershon Cobb

“I’m just happy this game is over with, but last year we went down there, and had a nail biter, so I wasn’t really looking forward to it,” NU Coach Bill Carmody told the media after the game. The Cats beat them 77-71 at their place last year. This year’s contest was more one-sided.

Texas-Pan American had a whopping 17 points in the second half, going 1-11 from behind the arc, 3-23 for the game (13%).

Northwestern had a bad game offensively as well, as Carmody articulated the lack of flow in the offense. The ‘Cats shot just 23% from beyond the arc. John Shurna led the team with 15 points. Drew Crawford led the team in rebounding with 6; also chipping in 11 points.

On Thursday, the Cats will take on LSU in the Charleston Classic.

“We know they’re a top team, we’re really excited for it, it’ll be a great opportunity for us. We’re looking forward to playing them in practice the next couple days, hopefully getting the scouting right and winning some games over there,” Crawford said.

The Cats will play three teams in three days; after the LSU Tigers, there’s possible match-ups with Seton Hall, VCU, St. Joe’s, Tulsa and Western Kentucky.

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